Solved: Samsung Data Migration BitLocker Cloning Failed

September 10, 2019

This tutorial focuses on the issue of Samsung Data Migration BitLocker cloning failed and provides the best free alternative to clone a BitLocker drive to Samsung SSD.

The issue: Samsung Data Migration cloning BitLocker drive failed

BitLocker Device Encryption (BitLocker) is a built-in encryption program in Windows that can encrypt your entire drive as well as help protect your system against unauthorized changes such as firmware-level malware. Usually you should turn on BitLocker by yourself. However, on devices that support Modern Standby, it is automatically enabled.

To clone a BitLocker-encrypted drive, common cloning software may fail because of unauthorized access. Here is a real case about Samsung Data Migration BitLocker cloning failed:


I purchased a Samsung SSD with a new Dell Vostro 3000 Series Laptop. When trying to clone the drive with either Acronis or Samsung Data Migration 3.1 I get a ‘cloning failed’ and it seems to point to the fact that the built-in 1TB 2.5" HDD is BitLocker encrypted. Please help!”

How to solve the problem of Samsung Data Migration tool BitLocker cloning failed? Please read on.

How to clone a BitLocker drive to Samsung SSD successfully?

To solve the problem of Samsung Data Migration BitLocker cloning failed, there are two effective methods for your reference:

Method 1: decrypt BitLocker before cloning

1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > BitLocker Drive Encryption.

BitLocker Drive Encryption

2. Find the drive on which you want BitLocker Drive Encryption to be turned off, and click Turn off BitLocker.

3. A message is displayed, informing you that the drive will be decrypted and that decryption may take a long time. Click on Turn off BitLocker to begin the decryption process.

This process could take several hours but the computer will still be useable during the time. After the BitLocker-encrypted drive is decrypted, you can go on with Samsung Data Migration disk cloning. As you see, BitLocker decryption is really a time-consuming process. Is there an easier way to achieve BitLocker drive cloning? You may turn to method 2.

Method 2: use Samsung Data Migration alternative for BitLocker drive cloning

The easiest way to solve the problem is to use Samsung Data Migration alternative which is capable of cloning BitLocker-encrypted drives. AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best backup software for free, can help you with BitLocker drive cloning.

With the Sector by sector clone feature, you can clone a BitLocker drive without unlocking it, and the data stored on the cloned drive will be identical to the data on the original drive. As a result, you should make sure the destination disk has at least the same capacity as the source disk, or the cloning process would fail.

What’s more, AOMEI Backupper supports various hard disk brands including Samsung, PNY, Crucial and WD, which overcomes the shortcoming of Samsung Data Migration. All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Learn how to use AOMEI Backupper to clone a BitLocker drive to Samsung SSD as follows:

Note: Before you start, you must backup files on the destination drive, because all the data in the destination will be deleted in the cloning process.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper and follow the wizard to finish installation. It will be installed in a short time.


Step 2. Launch AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

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

Select Source Disk

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

Select Destination Disk

Step 5. Tick “Sector by sector clone” and “SSD Alignment”. The “SSD Alignment” option will help to improve the performance of the Samsung SSD. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone


  • Sector by sector clone will take longer time than the default intelligent sector clone, because it also clones the unused space. However, the cloning process will run in the background, so you can do other things on your computer while cloning the BitLocker drive.

  • As the source disk is the system disk, you need to change boot order in BIOS or replace the source drive with the cloned one to boot from it after cloning.

  • To clone OS only to the destination disk, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional and use System Clone feature.

To sum up

When you encounter the problem of Samsung Data Migration BitLocker cloning failed, ease your mind and turn to AOMEI Backupper. It enables you to clone BitLocker-encrypted drives without unlocking them. Other than the clone feature, you can backup WD My Cloud to Google Drive with AOMEI Backupper. To backup files in Windows Server 2019, please use AOMEI Backupper Server.