“I intend to replace my current HDD with a Samsung SSD. My computer is Dell Inspiron and running Windows 10. How can I transfer all data from old hard drive to the new Samsung SSD without reinstalling Windows and all other programs? Thanks.”
Migrate all data via Samsung SSD built-in cloning software
Samsung offers cloning software, called Samsung Data Migration (SDM). It allows you to migrate OS, apps and files to new Samsung SSD easily. Connect the new Samsung SSD to your PC well. Install and run SDM. Then, do as the following steps:
Step 1. In the home interface of Samsung Data Migration, click “Start” in the lower-right corner.
Step 2. The source and the target disk will be listed”. Click “Start” after confirmation.
PS.: You can select only one partition to clone.
Step 3. A warning saying that all data on the Samsung SSD will be lost pops up; confirm it and click Yes.
Step 4. Wait patiently for the process to complete. 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.
Transfer all data via third-party cloning software for Samsung SSD
It’s simple to move data via Samsung Data Migration, cloning software built in part of Samsung SSD products, like 830 Series, 850 Series and 960 Series. However, the software has its limitations:
It only clones the first two partitions to Samsung SSD when there are more than 2 partitions on the source hard drive.
It can only clone the current system disk to Samsung SSD when there is beyond 1 disk installed on your PC.
If you need to clone hard drive with partitions over two, copy non-system disk when there are two or more disks that pre-installed on your computer, or Samsung Data Migration cannot work, it’s not a bad choice to employ a third-party cloning freeware for Samsung SSD – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard.
It supports you to clone non-system disk to Samsung SSD of different sizes (smaller, equal, or larger) and to clone all partitions on the source disk with multiple partitions. And it allows you to make 4K alignment for SSD while cloning. Apart from cloning to Samsung SSD, it supports SSDs of other brands, like Intel, Kingston, Crucial, WD, etc.
Now, free download the third-party cloning software for Samsung SSD and check out those steps:
Note: All data on the target disk will be 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 disk cloning software. In the main console, click “Clone” and “Clone Disk”.
Step 2. Select one way to copy hard drive to Samsung SSD and click Next.
✔ Clone 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 Clone: 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.
Step 3. Choose your source disk and click “Next”.
Step 4. Select your destination disk and check “Optimize the performance of SSD” to align SSD partitions. When cloning to HDD, you don’t need to check it. Then, click “Next”.
Step 5. In this window, you can resize the partitions on the destination disk. When cloning to smaller SSD, the first option will be unavailable.
Step 6. A Note that describes how to boot from destination disk will show up. Remember it and click “Finish”.
Step 7. You can preview the result of this operation. Click “Apply” and “Proceed” to execute it after confirmation.
◆ To clone system disk, please upgrade to Professional version.
◆ Do not hurry to reformat original hard drive before you make sure that you can boot from cloned SSD successfully.