By Lily / Last update August 10, 2021

The issue: Samsung 970 EVO won’t boot after cloning

Samsung 970 EVO SSD enjoys great popularity among computer users for its breakthrough speeds, best-in-class reliability, and a broad range of capacity options up to 2TB. People choose Samsung SSD 970 EVO when considering upgrading laptop to SSD or replacing desktop hard drive with SSD.

Samsung 970 EVO

There is various disk clone software available for data migration between HDD and SSD. However, you may encounter boot issue after cloning HDD to Samsung 970 EVO. One user posts his experience in the forum:

“I recently cloned my Western Digital HDD to my Samsung 970 EVO using Macrium Reflect. When I change the boot priority in BIOS, I get a blue screen. Not sure what to do or what settings I need to change. Also I am using an ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING motherboard.”

Samsung 970 EVO/EVO Plus cloning software - best of all

To avoid the boot issue, you should pick prime, reliable Samsung 970 EVO/EVO Plus software for cloning. Samsung provides its users with a cloning program—Samsung Data Migration, which helps to migrate OS and data from the old hard drive to Samsung SSD.

Despite the convenience brought by Samsung Data Migration, some users are confronted with Samsung Data Migration cloning failed, Samsung Data Migration access violation and other unexpected errors. Is there a superior tool to Samsung Data Migration?

Free disk clone software - AOMEI Backupper Standard can be your best choice. Following are its main features:

★ Disk Clone: allows you to clone disks of different sizes and different types, such as clone SSD to larger SSD and clone IDE hard drive to SATA.
★ Partition Clone: enables you to clone a specified partition. Various file systems are supported, including NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, etc.
It supports all Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and nearly all common disk brands like Samsung, SanDisk, WD, Crucial and PNY.

What’s more, the cloning process will run in the background, so you can use the computer for other things during the process. Learn how to use AOMEI Backupper for Samsung 970 EVO clone in the next part.

How to clone to Samsung 970 EVO in Windows efficiently?

Before we start, you must backup files on Samsung 970 EVO, because all the data on the destination disk will be overwritten in the cloning process. Now follow the instructions below to clone the old hard drive to Samsung 970 EVO:

Step 1. Connect Samsung 970 EVO SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected. Download and install AOMEI Backupper.

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Run this free cloning software. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the current hard drive as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 4. Select Samsung SSD 970 EVO as the destination disk and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 5. Tick “SSD Alignment” to improve the performance of Samsung 970 EVO. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

>> Edit partitions:  you can resize partitions on the destination SSD as per your need. You may upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy this feature.
>> Sector by sector clone: it enables you to clone every sector on the source disk no matter whether it is used or not, thus making editing the size of the destination partitions unusable.

✎ Notes:
▪ To boot from the cloned SSD, you should change boot order in BIOS or just replace the source drive with the target one.
▪ If you want to  migrate OS only to Samsung 970 EVO, you may try higher editions of AOMEI Backupper and use the System Clone feature. You are also allowed to clone GPT/MBR system disk to MBR/GPT disk with the higher editions. See edition comparison.


AOMEI Backupper, the best Samsung 970 EVO cloning software, allows you to migrate OS and data from the old drive to Samsung 970 EVO SSD with just a few clicks! And you won't be bothered by the boot issue after cloning. You may also use it as Samsung 860 EVO cloning software.

Other than clone feature, it owns backup & recovery function. You can backup hard drive to cloud and restore EFI partition in Windows 10 with the help of AOMEI Backupper. Give it a try and you won’t be worried about data loss anymore!