Enable Samsung SSD Clone C Drive With Top 2 Flexible Ways

If you are searching for a way to clone C drive to a Samsung SSD, you can’t miss this article, which will provide you with 2 easy ways to enable that. Keep reading for more details.


By Maggie Updated on August 18, 2023

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Benefits to clone C drive to Samsung SSD

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Migrating a system drive – the C: drive, where Windows is installed means that transfer your current OS to an SSD drive in Windows 11/10/8/7, including the system files and the applications you’ve installed. Why do you need to clone C drive to Samsung SSD? You may need to clone C drive to Samsung SSD due to the following reasons:

Combine the use of SSDs and HDDs. To take full advantage of SSDs and HDDs, many people use SSDs as boot drives and HDDs as data storage devices, which improves Windows 11 performance and allocates disk storage space wisely.

Improved boot speed. Solid-state drives have faster boot speeds. When you clone your operating system to an SSD and boot from it, you will be able to boot your system as fast as possible.

Underutilized C drive space. When you are storing a lot of data, programs, etc. on your c drive causing it to run out of storage space, cloning your c drive data to a new SSD can free up its storage space.

So if you are in need to clone C drive due to one of the above reasons, you can’t miss the following content. Just read patiently to catch the answer you want.

Do Samsung SSDs come with cloning software?

The answer is definitely YES. As with most brands of SSDs, Samsung SSDs have their own cloning software - Samsung Data Migration (SDM). It is designed to migrate all your data on the current HDD or SSD to a new Samsung SSD, including operating systems, applications, user data, etc.

What you need to know is that Samsung Data Migration (SDM) can only clone a disk that contains an operating system. In other words, it only works for cloning system disks to other Samsung SSD drives.

Moving on, I will walk you through the process of using Samsung Data Migration on Windows 11 to clone the system drive to anther Samsung SSD. Meanwhile, there is another more flexible way for you to finish the task. Let’s check them one by one.

Clone C drive to SSD with Samsung Data Migration

If you have installed Samsung Data migration on Windows 11, you can follow the specific guide below to complete Samsung SSD clone C drive with SDM.

1. Shut down your PC, and install the target Samsung SSD. For desktops, install it into the SSD slot. For laptops, plug a SATA cable into the motherboard’s SATA controller and connector to the new SSD.

2. Open Samsung Data Migration. Click Start in the lower right corner.


3. Confirm the source disk you and the target SSD you want to clone to.


 4. Click Start and hit Yes at the warning message.


5. Wait for the cloning process to finish. Don't edit any files on the system or use the computer while this process is going on, because any open files cannot be cloned properly.


6. Then the cloning task has been done. Click quit to exit this software.

However, according to some users' feedback, when they use SDM, there are often some unknown errors that hinder the cloning process. For example, Samsung Data Migration does not start, cloning has failed, etc. In this case, the easiest way to copy C drive to new SSD is by using 3rd party OS migration software.

The flexible way to clone C drive to Samsung SSD – AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is reliable and all-around OS and disk cloning software for you to clone C drive to Samsung SSD securely. And the cloned OS could boot directly from new Samsung SSD on any computers.

👣 It is embedded with the System Clone feature that can be used to clone the whole C drive to external hard drive as well as other system-related drives from an internal hard disk to Samsung SSD.
👣 Clone different hard drives. With its help, you can clone HDDs, SATA SSDs, NVMe M.2 SSDs, USB flash drives, and SD cards, etc. And you can clone SSDs without restrictions more than Samsung.
👣 It will copy only used sectors to target disk by default, which makes clone larger drive to smaller drive a possible task to be done.
👣 It allows you to optimize the performance of the SSD using the SSD Alignment feature.

Here are the illustrated steps to clone C drive to Samsung SSD with AOMEI Backupper:

In the first place, connect your SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected by Windows. For a laptop, you may need a SATA to USB adapter.

Step 1. Have this software downloaded and installed on your PC by clicking the download button below. For server users, try AOMEI Backupper Sever

Download DemoWin11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 2. Select System Clone under the Clone tab. The program will automatically select C: drive and system-related drives to be cloned.

Choose System Clone

👉 Tip: If you are wondering how do I clone my Samsung SSD to a new SSD entirely in Windows 11/10, Disk Clone can help you a lot.

Step 3. Choose the prepared Samsung SSD to clone C: drive, and click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

👉 Tip: Then, you will be told the destination disk will be overwritten, please backup files in advance. Otherwise, your data will be deleted after cloning.


Step 4. Tick SSD Alignment to optimize SSD the performance. Click Start Clone to complete the process.

System Clone Preview Align Checked


  • AOMEI Backupper Professional supports cloning both MBR and GPT disks, no matter it's a data disk or system disk. You can also clone MBR to GPT directly.
  • Sector by sector clone: This feature will clone all sectors of your old hard drive including the unused sectors to a larger HDD or SSD. If you clone Dell hard drive to smaller SSD with this feature, the cloning process will fail. 

In the end

Now you know the top 2 easy ways to enable Samsung SSD clone C drive. You can choose to use Samsung Data Migration or to select a reliable 3rd party tool. With AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can transfer OS and other apps saved on C drive to a new SSD without reinstallation within a few clicks.

Moreover, you can do more things with AOMEI Backupper. For example, backup Windows 11 to Synology NAS for continuous computer protection in case of a system failure. To add extra protection for your system, you can create a bootable rescue media in case system fails unexpectedly.

Maggie · Editor
Maggie is a technical editor from AOMEI and troubleshoots technical problems against data protection. She has received professional and systematic technical training. With a focus on user experience, security, and problem-solving, she always puts herself in the readers' shoes and provides them with valuable technical insights.