By Cherry / Last Updated July 21, 2023

User case: Samsung SSD clone failed



I recently bought a smaller Samsung SSD because I know that SSD has more powerful performance compared to HDD. So I plan to migrate the data from the current old disk (480 GB) to SSD. But when I clone the disk using Samsung Data Migration, every time the cloning progress reaches 100%, it prompts me "Cloning failed. 400180[061b34]". I don't know why this happens, if you have any solutions on how the cloning is done, please let me know.


Samsung Data Migration Clone Failed

Some users may encounter errors such as: Samsung Data Migration cloning failed. 00001[ffffffff], clone failed. 400180[061b34] or clone failed. 301001[0497c9], and many users even reported that Samsung Data migration was interrupted for an unknown reason during the cloning process. Please do not worry, this article will tell you the reasons and effective solutions.

Why Samsung SSD clone failed?

For Samsung SSD users, Samsung Data Migration software is their first choice when clone a disk. However, they may encounter some problems mentioned above. This issue can be triggered by many factors:

• There are some bad sectors on the Samsung SSD

• SSD is not correctly connected or disconnected

• There is more than one operating system installed on the device

A few sectors on the SSD can be fragmented

• Page files on the disk could be enabled

The target disk is not included in the supported Samsung SSD series

The source disk is accidentally converted into a dynamic disk

• The hibernation could be on

Of course, there might have many other possible reasons that can lead you to this error, but the point is how to solve Samsung SSD clone failed. In the next part, you can learn 6 ways to fix this problem, take a try!

How to fix Samsung data migration cloning failed?

To solve the “cloning failed” issue, you can try the following methods:

Way 1. Check bad sectors on the disk

SSD bad sectors indicate disk corruption, rendering a portion inaccessible to your computer. You can press “Windows + R”  and enter "cmd" to open Command Prompt, then enter “chkdsk g: /f /r /x” command in Command Prompt window. 

Chkdsk Check Error

Way 2. Convert the dynamic disk to basic disk

This can be done through Disk Management, but it can only convert an empty dynamic disk to basic one. So you have to delete all volumes first, or you can use a professional dynamic disk converter to finish this conversion without removing any partitions.

Convert to basic

Way 3. Defragment the original hard drive

In the Control Panel, navigate to “System and Security” > “Administrative Tools” >  “Defragment and optimize drives”. Then, click Optimize to defrag the drive.

Way 4. Disable page files

Right-click “My computer” or “This PC” and select “properties” in the dropdown. In the properties window, select “Advanced system settings”>”Advanced”>”Performance”>”Change” under “Virtual memory”. Uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size of all drives”, select “No paging files” and click “Set button” and click on“OK”.

Remove Page File 4

Way 5.  Disable Hibernation mode

Click on the "Start" button and search for "command prompt." Now, select "Run as administrator.", then enter the command "powercfg /hibernate off."

Hibernation off

Way 6. Decrypt BitLocker before cloning

Type BitLocker in the search box and select it, then click Turn Off BitLocker next to the drive you want to decrypt. 

Turn off BitLocker

Way 7. Reboot your PC and shrink or extend C partition

To begin the process of cloning your hard drive to an SSD, follow these steps:

Step 1. Press the "Win + R" keys simultaneously to open the Run dialog box.

Step 2. Type "diskmgmt.msc" in the Run dialog box and press Enter. This will open Disk Management, where you can manage your drives.

Step 3. In Disk Management, locate your "C" drive, which represents your primary hard drive.

Step 4. Right-click on the "C" drive and select the "Shrink Volume" or "Extend Volume" option, depending on your specific needs. Shrink Volume allows you to create unallocated space on the hard drive, while Extend Volume helps you utilize unallocated space.

Step 5. Once you have successfully prepared the unallocated space on the hard drive, connect the SSD to your computer. Make sure it is recognized and accessible by the system.

Step 6. With both the source hard drive (C drive) and the target SSD connected, you are now ready to initiate the cloning process using your preferred cloning software.

A cloning alternative to fix Samsung Data Migration not working

If the above methods do not work in your situation, you had better find another workaround to completely avoid Samsung Data Migration cloning failed [ffffffff] on Windows 10/11, we highly recommend you use the third-party software AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which can help you clone the Samsung SSD successfully in a simple click.

This handy tool has two different disk clone methods: “Clone Disk Quickly” and “Sector by Sector Clone”. Moreover, it can clone both system disk and data disk to another location, while the Samsung Data Migration only supports cloning system disk. Last, it supports all brands of SSD or HDD. So, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional might be a better choice when the Samsung SSD clone failed.

Before you do:
● Make sure you've checked bad sectors on the target disk;
Samsung SSD should be detected by Windows
● If there is any important data on the Samsung SSD, back them up because the content on the target disk will be deleted during the operation of copy partition.

You can download the demo version for a free trial, the final result can only be previewed.

Download Pro DemoWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro, it will display you the main interface. To clone hard drive to Samsung SSD, here you can take use of the Clone Disk feature from Clone on the top toolbar. Click it.

Clone Disk

Step 2. It will bring you into the disk copy wizard, all you have to do is following the wizard, select a disk clone method according to your requirement.

Note: The first one allows you to clone a larger disk to a smaller disk, while the latter one enables you to clone a hard drive with bad sectors.

Copy Method

Step 3. Then, select the hard drive you want to copy as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step 4. To clone to Samsung SSD, here you need to select the Samsung SSD as the destination disk. Click Next.

Target Disk

Tip: Tick the box before optimizing the performance of SSD so that the Samsung SSD will be in the best status after cloning.

Step 5. Here you can edit the partitions on Samsung SSD to be reasonable after cloning.

Edit Disk

Step 6. Then, it will give you a note for how to boot your computer from Samsung SSD after cloning. Click Finish to move on.

Boot Note

Step 7. Here you will be back to the main interface, don’t forget to click Apply at the toolbar to launch the progress.


It will reboot your computer after cloning, and you can change the boot order so that you can boot computer from the Samsung SSD.

Change Boot Order

Tip: In addition to cloning, you can also attempt backup and restore using AOMEI Partition Assistant as an alternative solution. When encountering Samsung data migration errors, selecting the "Migrate OS" option can help resolve the problem.

FAQ of Samsung SSD Clone Failed

How do I fix the Samsung Data Migration cloning failed?

To resolve the issue of a failed Samsung Data Migration cloning process, it is essential to first identify the underlying causes. Once you have determined the specific reason for the failure, you can proceed to apply the solutions mentioned earlier, which are tailored to address common problems such as outdated software, lack of an operating system on the target drive, encryption issues, incompatibility with the Samsung SSD, or bad sectors.

If the provided solutions do not resolve the problem or if you prefer a simpler and more efficient alternative, consider using "AOMEI Partition Assistant" for your cloning needs. This software offers a user-friendly interface and a quick cloning process, allowing you to clone your SSD effortlessly and achieve a successful migration in no time.

Can I use Samsung cloning software with other SSD

No, you cannot use Samsung's cloning software, "Samsung Data Migration," with SSDs from other manufacturers. This software is designed specifically for Samsung SSDs and is not compatible with SSDs made by different companies. If you have a non-Samsung SSD and wish to clone it, you will need to use a different cloning software that supports your SSD brand. Always ensure to choose appropriate software that is compatible with your SSD to achieve a successful and error-free cloning process.


From what has been discussed above, you can learn some methods from this article to solve the problem of the Samsung SSD clone failed, or you can directly switch to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to completely get rid of this cloning failure problem. Furthermore, it is far more than a hard drive cloning software. It can also help you repair SSD, erase SSD permanently, align SSD partitions, etc.

If you want to use it in Windows Server, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server, which is designed for Server users and can help you manage Server disks flexibly and quickly.