Samsung Data Migration on Non Samsung SSD – Solved Now!

Find Samsung Data Migration not working on non Samsung SSD? Learn how to deal with it easily from this page.


By Lily Updated on June 14, 2023

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The case: Samsung Data Migration on non Samsung SSD

If you are using Samsung SSDs, you may be familiar with Samsung Data Migration. It is a data migration tool provided by Samsung to help users transfer OS to Samsung SSD. To use Samsung Data Migration, you must make sure that the source disk contains the operating system installation and the target disk is one of the series listed in the user manual, such as Samsung SSD 970 EVO/EVO Plus/Pro Series, Samsung SSD 960 EVO/ Pro Series.

If you are moving OS to non Samsung SSD, you may get an error that Samsung Data Migration shows “Please connect a Samsung SSD”. What can you do when Samsung Data Migration fails to clone to non Samsung SSD?

Please Connect a Samsung SSD

Best Samsung Data Migration alternative for non Samsung SSD

To migrate OS to non Samsung SSD, you need a reliable Samsung Data Migration alternative. AOMEI Backupper Professional, the best disk cloning software for Windows, comes to help.

  • With the Disk Clone feature, you can copy a system disk or data disk to HDDs or SSDs of various brands including Samsung, Crucial, PNY, WD, etc.

  • You can copy a specific partition using the Partition Clone function, such as copy NTFS partition.

  • All Windows PC operating systems like Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. If you are running Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, etc., you may choose AOMEI Backupper Server.

What's more, the cloning process will run in the background, so you can continue using your computer during the process. Wanna know how to clone OS to non Samsung SSD via AOMEI Backupper when Samsung Data Migration is not working? Please move on to the next part.

How to migrate OS to non Samsung SSD step by step


◈ Connect the target SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected. It is recommended to connect the SSD internally if there is an extra SSD slot inside your computer.
Backup files on the destination SSD, because it will be overwritten during the cloning process.
◈ Download and install SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper.

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Detailed steps of transferring OS to non Samsung SSD:

Step 1. Run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the system disk as the source disk and click “Next”.

Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination SSD you have connected to your PC and click “Next”.

Destination Disk

Step 4. Tick “SSD Alignment” to improve the performance of the target SSD. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone


✅ If the target disk is larger, it's suggested to enable the "Edit Partitions" feature and edit partition size. Also, you can convert disk type with it.

  • 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 as you want. 
  • Convert the destination disk from MBR (GPT) to GPT (MBR): It helps to convert the partition style of the destination disk if it is different from that of the source disk. 

Edit Partitions

✅ If you want to clone both used and unused sectors on the source disk, check the "Sector by sector clone" option. It will cost more time and it requires the destination disk to be equal to or larger than the source disk.

Step 5. After the cloning process is finished, you can either change boot order in BIOS or replace the source drive with the target SSD to boot from the target drive.

👉 If you want to clone OS only to non Samsung SSD, please choose the System Clone feature.
👉 To get the best performance of a cloned SSD, it's suggested to clone Windows 10 to NVMe SSD, because it has the fastest transfer speed. As an M.2 SSD cloner, you can also use it to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD, clone M.2 SSD to a larger M.2 SSD, etc.


When you find Samsung Data Migration not working on non Samsung SSD, you can turn to the best alternative—AOMEI Backupper. It can clone to HDDs or SSDs of nearly all common makes, and it supports both system disk and non-system disk as the source drive. With AOMEI Backupper, you can copy data from one hard drive to another without efforts. Don’t hesitate to give it a try and explore more wonderful features!

Lily · Editor
Lily Green joined AOMEI in 2018 and has since become a professional in the areas of data protection and data transfer. She is committed to helping users protect their precious computer data and troubleshoot Windows system errors. She consistently stays vigilant about the latest trends in technology, guaranteeing that the given information aligned with the ongoing advancements in the field.