Overview: Samsung Data Migration Bootable Clone
Samsung SSDs, such as 850 EVO, 960 PRO, and other Series SSDs, are very popular among computer users. Many users want to migrate old hard drive to Samsung SSD. Surely, there are users want to clone Samsung SSD to bigger SSD or another brand of SSD for upgrading.
In either case, it is very important to make sure that the cloned disk is bootable. A bootable clone means making a copy of the boot disk where an operating system (Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, etc.) is installed, and then boot from the cloned drive successfully.
Like many other SSDs, Samsung SSD brings its own data migration tool - Samsung Data Migration (SDM) software. It is easy-to-use for most users and works fine on most computers.
Nevertheless, some users complained that Samsung Data Migration not booting after migrating. There are lots of possible reasons for the problem and the corresponding solutions are various. But the most efficient way is to use a powerful alternative for Samsung SSD migration.
Best Samsung Data Migration Software for Bootable Clone
AOMEI Backupper Professional, the best disk cloning tool for Samsung as well as other brands of SSDs, would be recommended for data and OS migration. It provides Intelligent Clone technology which does great help to clone large hard drive to smaller SSD.
For some users who are afraid of partition layout altered after cloning, the sector-by-sector clone comes to help. All partitions will keep the same on the Samsung SSD as they were on the old hard drive.
Further, AOMEI Backupper takes care of SSD 4K alignment which will dramatically improves SSD’s reading & writing speed as well as prolong its lifespan. From the aspect of SSD’s performance, this cloning software is the best choice. Besides, cloning from or to GPT disk, i.e. the UEFI boot mode is also available.
The “Create Bootable Media” feature in this software could help you do Samsung Data Migration on bootable USB drive. It is a kind of bootable disk cloning software to clone to Samsung SSD without booting Windows, saving unnecessary troubles that may appear under Windows environment. Now, let’s learn how to use this tool.
To enjoy all the benefits and start bootable disk cloning, please download the free demo to try it out:
How to Perform Samsung Data Migration with Secure Boot
After installing AOMEI Backupper, you can then follow the guide to migrate system and data to or from Samsung SSD. But before anything, you should do some preparations:
- Connect or install Samsung SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected.
- Everything on the target drive will be overwritten during cloning. So if there's any important data, please make a backup in advance. You can also use the Backup function of AOMEI Backupper.
- Delete unwantted files, uninstall unnecessary apps from the source disk.
Guide to migrate data to Samsung SSD step by step:
1. In AOMEI Backupper click “Clone” and then “Disk Clone”.
2. Select the hard drive as the source disk.
3. Select the Samsung SSD as the destination disk.
4. Check the option “SSD Alignment” to improve the performance of Samsung SSD while cloning hard drive to an SSD. Click “Start Clone” then.
5. Replace the hard drive with cloned Samsung SSD after, or change boot order in BIOS to boot from the cloned drive.
Sector by sector clone: it will copy every sector, whether it is used or not, from the source to the destination. By checking this option, you’re not able to edit partitions.
Edit partitions: resize partitions to make them fit in the target disk capacity. Here are 3 options.
👉Copy without resizing partitions: It will not resize the partition size.
👉Add unused space to all partitions: It will reallocate the unallocated space to each partition of the target disk, appropriate for the disk size.
👉Manually adjust partition size: It allows you to extend unallocated space to any partition on the destination disk you want. And it requires you to manually adjust the size of the partition.
Cloned Drive Won’t Boot – How to Fix?
Some users find their Samsung SSD not booting after migration. Generally speaking, there are several common problems for a cloned disk fails to boot.
Cloned disk is not the first boot device. You’ll need to change boot order in the BIOS or UEFI Setup.
Wrong boot mode. If you clone a GPT disk, you’ll need to change Legacy to UEFI in BIOS as well, vice versa.
Start up error. You may need an installation disc to fix this problem. Boot from the disc, and select “Repair your computer” on the page of Install now. Then go “Troubleshoot” -> “Advanced Options” -> “Automatic Repair” to let it fix the problem automatically.
Corrupted MBR or BCD. You’ll need to get into the Command Prompt with the help of installation disc or repair disc. Then, type these commands successively and press Enter after: bootrec.exe > bootrec.exe /fixmbr > bootrec.exe /fixboot > bootrec.exe /scanos > bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd. Finally, reboot your computer.
To make Samsung Data Migration bootable, it is recommended to try the best disk cloning software, AOMEI Backupper Professional. Except for cloning boot drive, this software can also do backup & restore for boot disk. It is especially help in upgrading Samsung SSD on laptops, or does Samsung Data Migration without cable. Get it now to discover more.