By Emily / Last Updated September 26, 2022

Samsung Data Migration cannot find SSD

Samsung Data Migration is a tool developed to help users migrate all of the data on their hard disk drive (HDD) including their current operating system, applications, and other data to their new Samsung SSD. It supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10/11. Supported SSDs include the Samsung SSD 850 Series, Samsung SSD 840 EVO (2.5”, mSATA), Samsung SSD 840 Series, Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series, Samsung SSD 830 Series, and the Samsung SSD 470 Series. Please remember this software is not compatible with other manufacturers' SSDs.

The tool is the preferred choice by a number of computer users due to its excellent performance. However, many users have complained about a common error where the Samsung Data Migration SSD tool cannot recognize SSD. A window will pop-up saying that no Samsung SSD was detected when trying to clone the HDD even though the SSD is detected as normal in Windows Disk Management.

Solutions to the Samsung Data Migration SSD not recognized error

Depending on your situation, you can try one of the following solutions.

1. If you attach the SSD to a SATA/USB enclosure, then the Data Migration tool will not recognize it as a Samsung SSD. In this case, you should connect it using a SATA-to-USB cable.

2. If that doesn’t work, remove your old hard drive, and install the new SSD in its place. Then connect the old hard drive to your computer with the SATA/USB adapter and load the Samsung SSD Data Migration software.

3. If the SSD is connected via an internal SATA cable, not an external USB/SATA cable, then it is likely you are running it either in IDE or RAID mode. If it’s in IDE mode, you’ll need to switch it to AHCI in the BIOS. Before you do this make sure you have installed the AHCI drivers on your computer.

4. If you are in RAID mode, you cannot change it to AHCI mode. Unfortunately, Samsung SSD Data Migration can only recognize drives in ACHI mode even though Windows can handle the drive in AHCI or RAID. In order to get it work, you may have to reinstall your system to make the switch.

If the Samsung Data Migration tool still does not see your SSD after trying these solutions or you think they’re too complicated, you can try to use our recommend freeware to transfer your data to any SSD.

Free alternative to evade the Samsung Data Migration error

Since there may be many causes behind the SSD not recognized in Samsung Data Migration issue, and this software is only compatible with Samsung SSD products, it is a good choice to turn to an alternative. Here we recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. This software is fully compatible with all editions of Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 (32-bit & 64-bit). Besides, it can help clone all brands of SSD or HDD for data migration.

What's more, only the system disk can be chosen as the source disk in the Samsung Data Migration; and AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can be used to clone both system and data hard drive to another one. So now you won’t have to worry about issues you might encounter in Samsung Data Migration software!

Now, you can download the freeware and have a try.

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When the source disk is cloned, all data on the target disk will be deleted and will be impossible to recover. Therefore, if you have stored any data that you would like to keep on the target disk, please back it up in advance.
The Standard edition can only clone MBR data disk to MBR disk. If you wish to clone MBR system disk to MBR/GPT disk, GPT system disk to GPT disk, or GPT system disk to MBR disk, please upgrade to Professional edition.

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. Choose the source disk and click "Disk Clone" in the left panel.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Here, you can choose a proper clone method as you need. Here we choose the first one.

Clone Disk Quickly

Step 3. Now, select a destination disk and click on "Next".

Destination Disk

Step 4. Here, you can adjust the partition size on the destination disk.

Edit Disk

Step 5. Click "Apply" and "Proceed" to commit the pending operation.


After clone, you can change boot order to boot from the destination disk successfully.


Now, you should know what to do when Samsung Data Migration SSD not recognized issue occurs. The most effective solution is to use AOMEI Partition Assistant software to evade such problems. Besides disk clone feature, this versatile software also allows you to recover lost partitions, secure erase SSD drive, allocate free space from one drive to another, etc.