By Emily / Last Updated September 30, 2021

Background on Samsung Data Migration

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/7/8/8.1/11, but at the moment Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft, is not supported. 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. 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 a drive. 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 has still failed to recognize 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.

Samsung Data Migration alternative - AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition is free data migration software that can easily migrate OS to SSDs. When compared with Samsung Data Migration, it supports Windows 10 as well as Windows 11/8.1/8/7, and it supports all kinds of HDDs, SSDs, and SSHDs as long as Windows can detect them. So now you won’t have to worry about issues such as the Samsung Data Migration SSD not recognized! AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition has a super user-friendly interface and is clearly labelled so that anybody can use it without help, even on their first time. Here’s a screenshot of the main menu in AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition.

PA Standard

As well as being easy to use, it’s full of many other features, such as Quick Partition, Windows to Go Creator, the ability to Convert to GPT without data loss, Bootable media creator, and more! Why don’t you download this free migration software and start loving it now? If you want to merge partitions without data loss or other advanced features, you can also try out AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition on a PC or AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition on a Server.