By Bryce / Last Updated February 25, 2020

Need to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD

“I intend to replace my current HDD with a Samsung SSD. My computer is Dell Inspiron and running Windows 10. To avoid the process of reinstalling lots of applications and operating system, I intend to clone HDD to Samsung SSD. How can I perform this operation successfully?”

Perform cloning via Samsung Data Migration

Samsung SSD’s built in cloning software, Samsung Data Migration, allows you to migrate all data (OS included) from HDD to Samsung SSD in Windows 10/8/7. You can perform HDD to Samsung SSD cloning using it by following steps below:

1. Connect Samsung SSD to your computer. Install and run SDM. In the main interface, click Start in the lower-right corner.

2. In the next window, confirm source disk and Samsung SSD. Click Start.

PS.: You can select only one partition to clone.

3. A warning saying that all data on the Samsung SSD will be lost pops up; confirm it and click Yes.

4. Wait for the process to complete patiently. When you the message “The data on the Source Disk has been successfully cloned to your Samsung SSD”, you can shut down the computer and boot from the cloned Samsung SSD.

What if Samsung SSD’s built-in cloning software not working?

In most cases, you can clone hard drive to Samsung SSD in a success via Samsung Data Migration Software. However, if there are 2 or more partitions on the source hard drive, only the first two partitions will be cloned; if there is more than one disk installed, only the current system disk can be cloned; and there are chances that you may encounter Samsung Data Migration cloning failed or not responding issue caused by various reasons. If you are in similar condition, what would you do? You may want to look for Samsung Data Migration alternative to complete HDD to Samsung SSD cloning.

Alternative to Samsung Data Migration Software

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is free cloning software for Samsung SSD and other hard drives. It allows you to copy all partitions (recovery partition included) to Samsung SSD in Windows 10/8/7, XP or Vista within few steps. It offers two copy methods: Copy Disk Quickly and Sector-by-Sector Copy, satisfying different demand.

Copy Disk Quickly: clone only used sectors on source disk to destination one; usually is employed when you need to clone hard drive to smaller SSD/ HDD; requiring that the capacity of target disk not smaller than the used space on source one.

Sector-by-Sector Copy: clone all sectors including unused sectors on source disk to target one; is very suitable when you need to clone deleted files on source hard drive to destination one; demands that the size of destination disk not beyond the size of source one.

Now, free download this disk cloning software and do as the following guide.

*All data on target disk will erased, thus it is advised to backup important files in advance.

Step 1. Connect Samsung SSD to your PC and ensure that it can be detected. Install and fire up AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main console, click Copy Disk.

Disk Copy

Step 2. Select one way to copy hard drive to Samsung SSD and click Next.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. Disk 1 has been selected as source disk by default. Choose your destination SSD and check Optimize the performance of SSD to align SSD partitions (If your target disk is HDD, you don't need to check this option). Then, click Next.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Here you can edit partitions. Or you can leave it alone. Then, click Next.

Edit Disk

A Note that describes how to boot from destination disk will show up. Remember it and click Finish.


Step 5. You can preview the result of this operation. Click Apply and Proceed to execute it after confirmation.



  • For system disk, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard supports only from MBR to MBR disk; if you need to clone MBR to GPT disk or GPT to MBR/GPT, upgrade to Professional version.

  • You can also clone external hard drive to external hard drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.

  • Do not hurry to reformat original hard drive before you make sure that you can boot from cloned SSD successfully.


When it comes to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD, Samsung Data Migration and AOMEI Partition Assistant can be helpful! In fact, AOMEI Partition Assistant is not only Samsung cloning software, but also is for SSDs belong to other brands, like WD SSD, Seagate SSD and etc. Besides, it provides many other helpful functions like migrating OS to SSD, recovering deleted partition and so on.