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Case: Can I just migrate OS to Samsung SSD?

My destination Samsung SSD is too small to clone

I want to install OS onto my new Samsung SSD drive. But when trying to clone my HDD (Seagate 2TB) to my new Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD, it tells me that there is no enough space, Can I just clone OS to Samsung 850 EVO SSD drive?


Why Transfer OS to Samsung SSD?

Solid state drive (SSD) becomes more and more popular in the past few years. Compared to traditional hard disk drive (HDD) , its convenience, rapid processing capacity and fast read & write speed makes it a better boot drive for many users.

Thus, if your computer has a long time to boot, or low response in daily use, SSD drive will be your best choice. Among the famous SSDs like Toshiba OCZ SSD, Samsung 850 EVO SSD, SanDisk SSD, Seagate SSD, etc. Samsung SSD drives own a large number of users due to its excellent performance and good reputation.

The remaining question is, how to migrate OS to Samsung SSD and boot from it securely? System image backup and restore may be a feasible solution, but apparently not the easiest one. In the following article, I will show you how to clone OS to new SSD directly.


Best tool to migrate OS to Samsung SSD - AOMEI Backupper

To transfer OS to Samsung SSD drive, you could consider using the SSD clone software provided by Samsung, named Samsung Data Migration. It's specially designed for Samsung SSD products, including Samsung SSD 470 Series, 750 Series, 830 Series, 840 Series, 850 Series, and 950 Series. However, this software is not compatible with other manufacturers’ SSDs.

Besides, it only help users to transfer all the data from the old hard drive to Samsung SSD. If you only want to move OS to Samsung SSD, this tool may not be applicable, and you can try a more comprehensive data migration tool, AOMEI Backupper Professional.

This powerful software can help you clone hard drive to SSD, or clone only OS to SSD within a few clicks. It offers more flexible choices compared to Samsung Data Migration.

  • It can help you migrate only OS to Samsung SSD without reinstalling.

  • In addition to operating system, you can also clone selected partitions or entire disk.

  • By default, it copies only used sectors and allows you to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD.

  • It enables you to migrate data between GPT and MBR disks directly without any conversion.

  • It is available for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 users and also applies to any manufacturer’s SSDs.

With AOMEI Backupper’s user-friendly GUI, you can complete the Samsung OS migration job without effort. What’s more, the Samsung migrate OS to SSD process will be running in the background and it won’t interrupt your operation with the PC. Keep reading and follow the detailed steps to clone OS to Samsung SSD.


How to Transfer OS to Samsung SSD without Reinstalling?

Before you start, connect the Samsung SSD drive to your PC, and download AOMEI Backupper to have a try (The Clone features in free trial can be demonstrated only, please upgrade to complete the cloning):

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Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional, on the main window, choose Clone > System Clone in turn.

Choose System Clone

Step 2. Select the new Samsung SSD as the destination disk to save the OS from your hard drive. It will automatically select the system partition and system reserved partition.  Then click Next.

Choose Destination Partition

Partitioned SSD Warning

Step 3. Click Start Clone to clone OS to Samsung SSD drive. and make sure you have checked the SSD Alignment option which can improve the reading and writing speed as well as extend SSD’s lifespan.

System Clone Preview Align Checked

Note: If you select Sector by sector clone option, it will clone all sectors. Please make sure the destination disk is equal to or larger than the source disk.

Step 4. Click Finish when the Samsung OS migration process is done. Then enter into BIOS and set SSD as the first boot disk.

If you have a laptop with one card slot or have no USB-to-SATA cable, you can choose to backup your operating system to external hard drive, and create a bootable media, then swap out for the new Samsung SSD; boot your computer with your bootable media; run AOMEI Backupper Professional, then restore system to Samsung SSD drive.


Transfer hard drive including OS via Samsung Data Migration

In case you want to clone the entire hard drive to Samsung SSD with Samsung Data Migration, here are the steps to make it.

Step 1. Shut down your PC and connect your Samsung SSD with the USB-to-SATA cable.

Step 2. Start your PC. Install and run Samsung Data Migration. Click Start in the lower right corner.


Step 3. Verify the source disk you want to move from and select the Samsung SSD as the target disk. The target disk will be overwritten, so please make sure you have chosen the right target disk.

Step 4. Click Start and hit Yes at the warning message. Wait for the cloning progress to be completed.

Step 5. Click quite to exit the software. Then turn off your PC and replace the original Samsung SSD with the new one and boot up from the new one.

Note: You may get stuck in Samsung Data Migration Software cloning failed situation, like "Target Disk has been disconnected" or other error codes. The probable reason may be the boot information or boot files are damaged. In addition, if there are more than two partitions on the existing hard drive, Samsung Data Migration will clone the first two partitions only. If you want to avoid annoying problems or want to clone multiple partitions to Samsung SSD, just pick AOMEI Backupper to help you make it.



To only transfer OS to Samsung SSD, AOMEI Backupper is a better choice compared to Samsung Data Migration. You just need 4 steps to finish Samsung OS migration job. Meanwhile, AOMEI Backupper is also a comprehensive PC backup tool that can backup all important data on your new SSD in the future. Rush into this tool and discover more!