By AOMEI / Last Updated June 30, 2021

Need to clone Samsung SSD 860

Among various SSDs, Samsung 860 EVO is the best, as it has the best combination of price, endurance, capacity and performance of any drive you can buy. Compared with Samsung 850 EVO, it is faster and more durable. Thus, Samsung SSD 860 EVO replaces the Samsung 850 EVO, which was the top SSD choice for nearly three years.

Usually, users copy hard drive to Samsung 860 EVO for a good performance. Since hard drives are easy to break or crash, people have to backup hard drive to avoid data loss. In fact, cloning hard drive to another drive can also be a good way to protect your data. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't offer you any built-in tool to clone your drive. To copy your data from hard drive to Samsung 860 EVO, you may need a Samsung SSD 860 clone software.

The case: Samsung Data Migration cloning failed

Like many manufacturers, Samsung has its own data migration software – Samsung Data Migration (SDM). Although its simple steps are praised by lots of people, the following problem often occurs during the operating process.

"I recently purchased and installed a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO in my computer. My current drive is a 1TB WD black drive. When I load up the Samsung Data Migration software, both of my drives show up in the appropriate sections.

When I start the process, it gets to 77% and then I receive the error message: 'cloning failed. An error occurred while reading the disk. 301001[0497c9]' I have tried the troubleshooting solutions recommended by the software and ran the cloning again but I get the same error message at 77% each time. If you have any solutions on how I can get the cloning process to complete, please let me know."

What to do when Samsung Data Migration fails?

Luckily, you can follow the steps below to slove this issue.

Step 1. Power off your PC.

Step 2. Disconnect all storage devices except for the C: drive.

Step 3. Connect the solid state disk to the secondary internal drive connection.

Step 4. Power on the PC.

Step 5. Allow the operating system to install drivers for your SSD.

Step 6. Open SDM and re-attempt the disk cloning.

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Best free alternative to Samsung Data Migration

Although the method mentioned above is effective, you need to spend too much time on repair process. Also notice that only a few Samsung SSDs are supported by SDM. Worse still, you might be disappointed to find that you can't let Samsung Data Migration change source disk, as it can only clone the system disk.

Is there a reliable alternative? AOMEI Backupper Standard, the professional and the best SSD cloning software for Samsung SSDs, can be your ideal choice. Any brand or capacity of SSD can be supported by this freeware. By using it, you can change the source disk as you like. Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported.

With this utility, you can even clone larger drive to smaller drive, as it just copies used sectors on the source drive by default. More pleasing, the working performance of your SSD can also be improved. Let's see how this Samsung SSD copy software works.

Detailed steps of using the best Samsung SSD 860 clone software

Tips: If you use Samsung SSD 860 as your destination disk, it will be overwritten after cloning. Therefore, if you have some important data on this drive, you'd better backup them in advance.

First of all, free download the software on your computer and launch it.

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Step 1. Select Clone from the left list. Then click Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Note: This version only supports cloning MBR system disk to MBR disk. If you want to clone system disk GPT to GPT, GPT to MBR or MBR to GPT, you could consider upgrading to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 2. Select your old HDD (Disk 0) as the Source Disk. Then click Next.

Source Disk

Step 3. Select your Samsung SSD 860 (Disk 1) as the Destination Disk. Then click Next.

Destination Disk

Step 4. In this interface, you can have an Operation Summary. Click SSD Alignment to accelerate the writing and reading speed of SSD if you are cloning hard drive to an SSD. Then click Start Clone.

Start Clone


  • Make sure to change the boot order or replace old hard drive to boot from the cloned drive. 

  • Edit Partitions: works well to resize partitions on the target drive. Copy without resizing partitions, Add unused space to all partitions and Manually adjust partition size are available. The last two options are available in AOMEI Backupper Professional. When you upgrade to professional version, you can edit the partition size as you wish.

  • Sector by sector clone: means all sectors will be cloned. Confirm that the destination disk is equal to or larger than the source disk.

  • After cloning HDD to SSD Samsung, you can reformat the HDD and take it as your secondary storage device.

  • If you just want to migrate OS to Samsung SSD, System Clone is helpful.

  • This freeware serves you well as Samsung SSD 850 clone software.


You can transfer your data from HDD to SSD easily with this free Samsung SSD 860 clone software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. In addition to this, other useful features like cloning Samsung SSD to another SSD and copying Samsung SSD to HDD are also available in this freeware. You can use them by your needs. But if you're a Windows Server user, you can turn to AOMEI Backupper Server.