at AOMEI / Last update July 22, 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.

3. Swap the locations of 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.

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 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 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 so that users are allowed 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 after cloning. 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 with the same partition style. If you want to clone GPT system disk to MBR and vice versa, 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.

Clone Hard Drive to Samsung SSD


  • Edit partitions on the destination disk: 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.

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


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. AOMEI Backupper Standard makes disk clone more flexible. What’s more, this freeware serves you well to clone SSD to new SSD or HDD.