By Delia / Last update August 5, 2021

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Review

Samsung 850 EVO is one of the most popular SSDs among PC users all around the world since the day it released. Many statistic report this SSD is located in the top of the yearly sale list. Surely, it has some outstanding features so that it can be sought after by so many people.

Specifically, Samsung 850 EVO SSD as well as 840 EVO and 750 EVO, are built with high performance with useful features. It is powered by Samsung’s unmatched V-NAND technology which is great for everyday computing. As for the computing performance, its boasting sequential write speeds up to 520 MB/s with TurboWrite technology and sequential read speeds up to 540 MB/s. The capacity of Samsung 850 EVO SSD is available from 120 GB to 4 TB. Among which, the 850 500 GB, 250 GB and 1 TB are most popular.

Samsung SSD 850 EVO

Absolutely, it also has some disadvantages. With so many high technologies, the price of this SSD is relatively higher than other SSDs. But luckily, it is also affordable for one or two. Besides, it has only 5 years warranty, which is shorter than normal warranty period: 10 years. Therefore, so users would like to clone Samsung 850 EVO to another SSD now and then.

Why Replace Hard Drive with Samsung EVO 850 SSD?

As covered before, Samsung 850 EVO has so many merits. It is not a bad choice to use it as a hard drive replacement. With such high configurations, playing games or run dual-boot operating systems are not a tough task any more.

Another reason to replace hard drive with Samsung SSD is that current hard drive is about to die. As we know, most hard drives have only a couple of year’s lifespan. In addition, it may also be damaged by physical attack, natural disaster, and virus and so on. As a result, changing hard drive in both desktop and laptop become common phenomena.

How to Change Hard Drive with Samsung EVO SSD?

To change a hard drive of your computer, some preparations are necessary. You need different tools on desktops and laptops. In detail, for desktop user, you’ll need external disk enclosure. For laptop user, an USB-to-SATA cable is necessary. What’s more, a screwdriver that used to uninstall old hard drive and install Samsung SSD is helpful.

Note: Cloning hard drive to Samsung SSD via USB cable in laptop is risky because the cloning process might be failed due to cable connection factor or the like. Thus, it is advised to do backup and restore in laptop to complete the replacing. You can learn more with screenshots in Samsung laptop SSD upgrade.

Except for aforementioned tools, hard drive data migration software is quite useful if you don’t want to reinstall the OS. Many SSDs come with a data migration tool, so does Samsung 850 EVO SSD. This utility is called Samsung Data Migration (SDM). This utility is easy to use, and you just need three steps to complete the migration. Detailed steps are illustrated in clone HDD to Samsung SSD.

Nevertheless, according to the feedback, this utility will get stuck at 99% at the verify stage, and sometimes at the boot screen with no picture there. If you’re unlucky and facing such situations, you can try another Samsung SSD 850 EVO data migration software - AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Clone Hard Drive to Samsung 850 EVO with AOMEI Backupper

1. Install Samsung SSD to your PC and make sure it can be detected. Download (Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, and Vista supported), install and run AOMEI Backupper.

2. At the main console, click Clone > Disk Clone.

Choose Disk Clone

3. Select current hard drive as the source disk.

Choose Source Disk

4. Select the Samsung SSD as the target disk.

Choose Samsung SSD

5. Check SSD Alignment box and click Start Clone. If you want to clone every sector of old hard drive, please tick Sector by sector clone.

Disk Clone Preview SSD Alignment Checked

6. Shut down your PC at completion. Then uninstall old hard drive and install Samsung SSD to your PC using screwdriver, if necessary. Please note that you need to change boot order in BIOS if keeping two drives installed. The suggestion is to remove old hard drive to test if you can boot from the SSD.


  • You can edit partitions on Samsung SSD before cloning with the Edit Partitions option.

  • To clone only OS to Samsung SSD, please choose Clone > System Clone.

Replace hard drive with Samsung EVO 850 SSD can be easily completed with the help of AOMEI Backupper. In fact, this software can help you clone hard drive with bad sectors. The Create Bootable Media feature in Tools enables you to backup hard drive without booting Windows. Download it now to find more.