By Lily / Last update June 15, 2022

Need to clone HDD to Samsung SSD 860

Nowadays, more and more users choose to clone HDD to Samsung SSD, Samsung SSD 860 EVO, for example. Below are the most common reasons:

  • Upgrade hard disk for better performance. The most obvious advantages of SSDs are faster transfer speed.
  • Avoid disk failure. HDDs are very easy to break or crash due to bump or drop while SSDs not. Because it does not have any movable part.
  • Avoid reinstall Windows and programs. Cloning a hard drive is to make an exact copy of it, including the operating system, drivers, hidden recovery partition, installed programs, personal data, etc. 

To complete the cloning process, you need the best free Samsung SSD 860 clone software. Please keep reading to learn more. 

Does Samsung SSD have cloning software?

Like other branded SSDs, Samsung SSD has its own cloning software - Samsung Data Migration (SDM). It allows you to migrate all the data including the operating system, application software, and user data from the current hard drive to a Samsung SSD.  It supports cloning HDD to Samsung SSD in Windows 7 SP1/8/8.1/10, ranging from 470 series to 970 Pro series. 

In addition, you can try third-party free SSD cloning software, AOMEI Backupper Standard, for example. It supports cloning entire disk or specific partition(s) in all series of Samsung SSD disks, as well as other disk brands, such as, WD, SanDisk, HP, Seagate, etc. Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. And it even supports cloning 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.

Then, let's see how these two Samsung SSD copy software works.

Clone HDD to Samsung SSD 860 with Samsung Data Migration

Step 1. Connect the Samsung SSD 860 using SATA-to-USB cable or adapter. 

Step 2. Install and open Samsung data migration software. Then, it will automatically scan the current system disk and select it as source disk.

Step 3. Then, select the target disk Samsung SSD 860 and click Start to begin the cloning process

Samung Data Migration

Notes:

  • This software only supports cloning the current system disk on your computer to a Samsung SSD. For more details, please refers to Samsung Data Migration cannot change source disk.
  • This software does not support cloning any open files.
  • If your disk has more than 3 partitions, this software only clones the system partition (including the system reserved partition) and the other two partitions.

Clone HDD to Samsung SSD 860 with AOMEI Backupper Standard 

Except for Samsung Data Migration, you still can use AOMEI Backupper Standard to clone HDD to SSD Samsung in simple steps. And it's more flexible. It supports "Disk Clone" and "Partition Clone", so you can choose to clone entire disk with multiple partitions (both data disk and system disk), or specific partition(s).

And it is capable of cloning all brands of SSDs, regardless of disk size and interface, such as, clone hard drive to WD SSD, clone 2TB HDD to 1TB SSD, clone NVMe SSD, etc. Then, let's see detailed steps below.

Prepare for Samsung SSD 860 clone:

  • Backup files in advance if your Samsung SSD 860 has some important data. Because this drive will be overwritten after cloning.
  • Be sure the target disk has enough space to hold all the data on the source disk while cloning Windows 10 to new hard drive or SSD, especially smaller one. Otherwise, the cloning process will fail.
  • Free download Samsung SSD cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Standard 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.

👉 Both MBR and GPT are two different disk types for data storage. And you can check its disk properties in Disk Management. The overall steps are below:

  • Press Win + R to open the Run window. Then, type diskmgmt.msc and hit OK to open disk management.
  • Then, right-click the disk you want to clone and select Properties in the pop-up window.
  • In the Properties window, select the Volume tab and confirm the partition style. It can be MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table).

Disk Partition Style

  • Similarly, check the disk partition tyle of the destination disk. If it is still MBR, you can clone hard drive from bootable USB for free. To clone GPT to GPT (eg: clone NVMe to NVMe), MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR, try professional version.

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 will see the operation summary. Confirm it, tick SSD Alignment to accelerate the writing and reading speed of SSD and click Start Clone to clone HDD to SSD Samsung.

Start Clone

Also, you can try Sector by sector clone (to clone all sectors of the selected disk) and Edit Partitions ( to resize partition and convert disk types).

The last one is recommended if your target disk is larger and it prevent unallocated space after cloning. It has 3 options and the last two are available in the Professional version.

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

Add Unused Space

Tips:

  • Make sure the cloned SSD is bootable: You can change the boot order or replace old hard drive to boot from the cloned drive. 

  • If your original disk works well, you can reformat the HDD for storage after cloning HDD to SSD Samsung.

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

Summary

You can transfer your data from HDD to SSD Samsung easily with free Samsung SSD 860 clone software - Samsung Data Migration. But sometimes you need to ask a third-party software for help, AOMEI Backupper Standard, for example. It supports cloning all brands of SSD disk, even to a smaller one, including Samsung SSD, WD SSD, Seagate SSD, SanDisk SSD, NVMe SSD, etc.

In addition to this, other useful features like backing up Windows 10 to an external hard drive and restoring computer to an earlier date are also available in this freeware. You can use them as per your needs. If you're a Windows Server user, you can turn to AOMEI Backupper Server.