By Emily / Last Updated August 11, 2020

“Samsung Data Migration not working”

“I just bought a brand new Samsung 840 Series SSD. I am planning to migrate my data from my current desktop’s HDD to the SSD. I am using the Samsung Data Migration software; however, it is not working. I am not sure why this happens? It is stuck at 99% every time. So close to complete but failed.”

Common causes & quick fixes

Samsung Data Migration software is designed with the purpose of helping users to quickly, easily and safely migrate all of their important data including current operating system, applications and other personal data from their existing hard disk to a new Samsung SSD drive in Windows10/8/7 (32/64bit). But the following factors could trigger Samsung Data Migration not working and other common problems like Samsung Data Migration stuck at 99, or 0%.

Your current Samsung Data Migration version is not upgraded to the latest version.
Under this situation, you can download the latest version of Samsung Data Migration software from its official site.

There is something wrong with SATA port or SATA-to-USB cable.
Connect the Samsung SSD drive to another different SATA port or SATA-to-USB cable to check if the problem persists.

The source disk does not contain operating system.
This software will work only if the operating system is installed on the Source Disk. It will not work on disks that lack an operating system installation. So make sure you are cloning the system disk to Samsung SSD.

The source disk contains multiple operating system.
If there are multiple operating systems installed on the PC (e.g. Windows 7 is installed on the C drive and Windows 8 is installed on the D drive), the cloned disk may not function properly.

The connect Samsung SSD is not supported.
Based on the User Manual of Samsung Data Migration tool, it only supports Samsung SSD 970/ 960 PRO/EVO, 950 PRO, 860 PRO/EVO, 850 (PRO/EVO), 840 (PRO/EVO), 830, 750 EVO, 470 Series. If you connected other series of Samsung SSD as the target disk, the Samsung Data Migration software does not work, either.
Besides, if you are using a Samsung NVMe SSD as the target disk, you should install the Samsung NVMe Driver; otherwise, this software may not work properly.

You are cloning encrypted disks.
This software cannot clone encrypted disks. In order to clone an encrypted disk, you must first remove the password from the disk.

Too much data for the target Samsung SSD drive.
The ideal data amount is to occupy around 75% capacity of the target SSD drive. If the transferred data takes more space than the ideal percentage, it will cause extra burden and lead to Samsung Data Migration tool not working afterwards. So you had better delete some unnecessary data from the source disk first of all and then restart the migration.

There are some bad sectors on the source disk or SSD drive.
If the source or target disk has some bad sectors or disk errors, the issue might occur, too. You can run chkdsk.exe tool to check bad sectors or repair the SSD drive via a professional SSD repair tool.

Workaround to Samsung Data Migration software not working in Windows PC

If you have scanned through the user manual of Samsung Data Migration, you must have found it comes with many limitations, which are always the culprits for the Samsung Data Migration software not working. When you encounter such an issue, you might have to check out all the limitations. It will waste lots of time. Therefore, here we would like to recommend an easy workaround.

That is to make use of AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, which is a free but powerful data migration tool. Same as Samsung Data Migration, it migrates data from one disk to another by cloning. But it not only supports Samsung SSD drive, but also supports other branded SSD drives. Besides, it is able to clone either system disk or non-system disk to another data storage media. Moreover, it even can clone a single partition to another drive (HDD or SSD).

Now download the free disk cloning software and see how it clones one disk to SSD drive in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

Step 1. Connect your Samsung SSD drive to the computer and ensure it is detected. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard to enter its main interface.

Step 2. Right-click the source hard disk and select “Disk Clone” on the left panel.

Disk Copy

Step 3. Choose a suitable copy method according to your own needs. If you are planning to copy large drive to smaller drive, choose “Clone Disk Quickly”.

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 4. In this window, choose Samsung SSD drive as the destination disk and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Note:
★You can tick “Optimize the performance of SSD” to optimize SSD writing and reading performance.
★All data on the chosen Samsung SSD drive will be deleted during the process, so please ensure you have backed up important files in advance.

Step 5. Here you can resize partitions on the cloned Samsung SSD, or keep the default settings and click “Next” to continue.

Edit Disk

Step 6. Then you will be brought to the main interface, where you will see all partitions have been cloned to the selected Samsung SSD drive. To actually implement this operation, you need to click “Apply”.

Apply

Summary

With AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard, you can easily avoid “Samsung Data Migration not working” issue. If you want to clone just OS drive to Samsung SSD drive, you can make use of its “Migrate OS to SSD Wizard”.

The free Standard edition only supports cloning MBR (system) disk to MBR disk. If you are planning to clone MBR to GPT, GPT to MBR or GPT to GPT SSD drive, please upgrade to the Professional edition. To clone hard drive to Samsung SSD drive in Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008 and 2003, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.