By Delia / Last update September 16, 2021

The issue: Samsung Data Migration shows “Please connect a Samsung SSD”

There's no better way to speed up your computer than to replace its hard drive with an SSD (Solid-state drive). Among multiple SSD brands, Samsung SSD is the best due to its top-ranking performance and reasonable price.

Most of all, many Samsung SSDs include a tool called Samsung Data Migration (SDM) that allows users to clone HDD to Samsung SSD. It helps to transfer the current operating system, application software and user data to the new Samsung SSD quickly and easily.

However, sometimes when you open Samsung Data Migration, “Please connect a Samsung SSD” error occurs, yet Windows recognizes the drive. That’s too bad because you've done a lot of preparation for hard drive clone. Luckily, this issue can be solved efficiently, if you read on.


Quick solutions to Samsung Data Migration cannot find SSD

When you find that Samsung Data Migration SSD not recognized, you can try one of the following solutions based on your individual situation.

1. Enable internet connection. SDM needs an internet connection to check whether you have a real Samsung SSD. Otherwise, Samsung Data Migration cannot detect SSD properly.

2. Remove the SSD from the enclosure and connect it via SATA-to-USB cable. Some external enclosures have additional features (like encryption and hot-swapping), which may prevent SDM from detecting your SSD. This is one of the most common reasons why Samsung Data Migration not detecting SSD.

3. Swap the locations of the old hard drive and the SSD. Remove your old drive and install the new SSD in its place. Then connect the old drive to your computer via the SATA/USB adapter. This works sometimes when Samsung Data Migration not recognizing SSD.

4. Switch the IDE mode. If the SSD is connected via an internal SATA cable instead of a USB external connection, it is likely to be running in IDE or RAID mode. If it's IDE, you must switch it to AHCI in BIOS. If RAID, leave it as RAID and reinstall your system to make the SSD recognized by SDM. 

Although these methods to Samsung Data Migration cannot find target disk issue are very effective, it is very time-consuming to try them one by one, and some methods are even complicated. Additionally, apart from the problem that Samsung Data Migration cannot see SSD, other issues like Samsung Data Migration not responding, Samsung Data Migration can’t change source disk may happen to you at any time.

Also notice that only specific Samsung SSDs are supported by SDM, like Samsung SSD 970 PRO/EVO series and Samsung SSD 960 PRO/EVO series. If you intend to clone your hard drive to other manufacturer's SSD or clone a hard drive that doesn't have an operating system, you’d better turn to a reliable SSD cloning freeware as alternative.

Samsung Data Migration alternative you deserve

As one of the most popular cloning programs, AOMEI Backupper Standard enables you to clone HDDs to all brands of SSDs, like Samsung SSDs, WD SSDs, and Crucial SSDs, etc. With this utility, you can change the source disk to system disk or data storage disk as you like.

By default, it only copies used sectors on the source drive and migrates it to another drive, which makes it easy to clone larger drive to smaller drive. Once the Sector by sector clone is enabled, the target drive will be exactly the same as the source drive and mark the extra space as unallocated after cloning SSD to larger SSD. Besides, it works well to improve the working performance of the cloned SSD.

You can free download this program and start enjoying it now. Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Here are necessary steps to clone your hard drive to a Samsung SSD.

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Tips: All data on the target drive will be deleted after cloning. If you have stored any data on it, please do a disk backup in advance.

Step 1. Connect the Samsung SSD to your computer. Install and launch this freeware.

Install AOMEI Backupper Standard

Step 2. Click Clone and Disk Clone subsequently.

Disk Clone

Note: This version only supports clone system disk between 2 MBR disks.  If you want to clone system disk between 2 GPT disks or between GPT and MBR, you could cosider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 3. Select the hard drive (Disk 1) you want to clone. Then click Next.

Select Disk 1

Step 4. Select the Samsung SSD (Disk 2) as the destination disk. Then click Next.

Select Samsung SSD

Step 5. Confirm your operations and then click Start Clone to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD.

Clone Hard Drive to Samsung SSD


  • Edit Partitions: it can resize partitions on the target disk. Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions and Manually adjust partition size are supported. To enjoy the last two options, you need to do an edition upgrade.

  • Sector by Sector Clone: click it to clone every sector of the hard drive. Note that the target drive must be equal to or larger than the source drive.

  • SSD Alignment: check it to accelerate the writing and reading speed of your SSD while performing HDD to SSD clone.

  • As for the old hard drive, you can keep it as a backup or reformat it for other purposes.

  •  This software is still a M.2 SSD cloner, thus you can use it to migrate Windows 10 to M.2 SSD, clone M.2 SSD to M.2 SSD, etc. 

  • If you just want to transfer OS to Samsung SSD, system clone (in Pro edition) is helpful.

Frequently asked questions: Samsung Data Migration not detecting SSD

1. Why is Samsung Data Migration not working?

Samsung Data Migration not working is due to many reasons, such as, the source disk does  not contain the operating system or it has multiple partitions, this software is not the latest version, the disk you want to clone is an encrypted disk or it has bad sectors, etc. You need to check what the real reason is.

2. Does Samsung Data Migration work with Windows 10?

It's said the latest version of SDM works with Windows 10. But some users report error while using this software, such as, Samsung 860 Evo not detected Windows 10. Try it yourself. Also you can contact Samsung officials for help.

3. Will Samsung Data Migration clone OS?

Samsung Data Migration is to help users clone the current system disk to another Samsung SSD and it will include everything on the original disk. To migrate OS to Samsung SSD, you can try third-party cloning software, AOMEI Backupper Standard, for example.


When using Samsung Data Migration, “Please connect a Samsung SSD” error message is always prompted. Several solutions are described in this article to solve this problem.

In addition, you can use free disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard to complete this task, it makes disk clone more flexible. What’s more, this freeware serves you well to clone SSD to new SSD or HDD, copy USB to USB, replace hard drive in ASUS laptop, clone hard drive in Windows 10, etc.