By Lily / Last Updated December 11, 2020

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How do I clone a hard drive with multiple partitions?

Hi, I'm looking forward to buy Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB. Right now I have Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB, with two partitions, 1 partition is Windows 10 (585GB size, 109GB used) and the other partition is blank (345GB in size). I've heard about Samsung Data Migration and I've read the user guide but it doesn't mention about cloning from target that has 2 partitions to SSD with 1 partition. Is it possible?

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Why do you need to clone multiple partitions?

Most of us have at least two partitions on our computers, one for OS and one for data. Some users even have different partitions for different categories of data, such as one partition for game data.

With more and more data saved on the computer, it works slower and slower. You may feel the urge to speed up your computer, so you consider replacing HDD with SSD. You can imagine how toilsome it is to reinstall OS, create new partitions and copy files manually to the new SSD. Is there a simple way to finish the task? Cloning multiple partitions on the old hard drive can be the answer.

How to do Samsung Data Migration multiple partitions clone?

Samsung SSDs are preferred by a lot of computer users when they plan to upgrade their current hard drives. Samsung Data Migration is the tool designed by Samsung to help its users transfer all the data on their old hard drives to Samsung SSDs. Before you start cloning multiple partitions with Samsung cloning software, please make sure:

◆ Your target Samsung SSD is one of those SSDs listed in Samsung Data Migration User Manual.

Target Samsung SSD

◆ If there are two or more partitions on the existing hard drive, Samsung Data Migration will clone the C: drive on which an operating system is installed and at most two more partitions. To ensure all the data can be cloned, you may merge partitions in the beginning.

How to clone multiple partitions with Samsung Data Migration?

1. Connect a Samsung SSD to your computer and affirm it is recognized.

2. Run Samsung Data Migration. It will automatically detect the drive with OS installed and select it as the Source Drive.

3. Select the Samsung SSD you just connected as the Target Drive. If you don’t see your SSD, click the Refresh button at the lower-right corner to make it detected.

Samsung Data Migration Choose Target Drive

4. Select additional volumes that you wish to clone besides the C: volume.

- If the Source Drive has two or fewer volumes apart from the C: volume, click on the volumes you wish to clone additionally from the Source Drive pane.

Select Additional Volumes 1

- If the Source Drive has three or more volumes apart from the C: volume, select all the volumes that you wish to clone additionally from the Source Drive combo box and then click the [+] button.

Select Additional Volumes 2

- You are allowed to adjust the capacity of each volume in the Target Drive pane using the slide bar.

Adjust Capacity

5. Click on Start to begin the migration process. Once the cloning process is complete, the computer will shut down automatically within 20 seconds. Replace the old hard drive with the new Samsung SSD, and you will get the system and all your data back instantly.

Start Clone Multiple Partitions

Despite the convenience Samsung Data Migration brings us, some users are frustrated with Samsung Data Migration cloning failed, Samsung Data Migration access violation and other unexpected errors. Is there a superior tool to Samsung Data Migration in multiple partitions cloning?

An easier way to clone multiple partitions to Samsung SSD

To clone multiple partitions to Samsung SSD, AOMEI Backupper Standard, the best free disk cloning software for Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, can be the best Samsung Data Migration alternative.

◆ It offers Disk Clone which allows you to clone a whole disk no matter how many partitions it has. You can even clone larger HDD to smaller SSD as long as the SSD is big enough to hold all the data saved on the HDD.
◆ It provides Partition Clone and you are able to clone a specified partition, including a hidden partition.
◆ It has a user-friendly GUI which makes it simple enough to complete the cloning job.
◆ It supports all common SSD brands. You are allowed to clone HDD to PNY SSD, Samsung SSD, and WD SSD, etc.

Keep reading to learn how to clone a hard drive with multiple partitions via AOMEI Backupper in detail:

✌ Note: Backup files on the Samsung SSD before cloning, because it will be overwritten during the cloning process.

Step 1. Connect the Samsung SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected. Download, install and run AOMEI Backupper.

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

Disk Clone

Tip: To clone GPT or MBR disk (containing OS) to MBR or GPT, please use the advanced version, such as AOMEI Backupper Professional. You can also clone OS only to the destination SSD using the “System Clone” feature in AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 3. Select the current hard 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 “SSD Alignment” to use 4K partition alignment to optimize SSD performance. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone

Note: If you tick the “Sector by sector clone” option, AOMEI Backupper will clone every sector on your old hard drive whether it is used or not, which will take more time and occupy more storage space. You can also use “Edit Partitions” to adjust partition size on the destination disk after upgrading to higher editions.

Summary

Now you know how to achieve Samsung Data Migration multiple partitions clone. If you want to clone more than two partitions at one time or you choose other SSD brands such as PNY SSDs, Crucial SSDs, WD SSDs, etc, you should pick AOMEI Backupper. In addition to cloning multiple partitions, you can find quick workarounds to Samsung Data Migration MBR to GPT and WD Sync not working with AOMEI Backupper. Rush into this tool and discover more!