By Cherry / Last Updated September 9, 2019

Brief introduction of Samsung M.2 SSD

An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage expansion cards of a small form factor. It is designed to enable high-performance storage in thin, power-constrained devices, like ultrabook and tablet computers. Compared with mSATA SSD, M.2 SSD has many advantages: M.2 SSD is smaller than mSATA SSD, and it is faster and store more data than most mSATA. Besides, M.2 SSD supports PCle 3.0, SATA 3.0, and USB 3.0 interfaces while mSATA only supports SATA. M.2 SSD has many advantages, and many users would like to upgrade HDD/SSD to M.2 SSD for a better performance.

Samsung M.2 SSDs are the most popular M.2 SSD around the world. Such as Samsung 850 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 solid-state drive, Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD, etc. If you upgrade hard drive to Samsung SSD, your system may boot faster with little delay in loading.

How to clone HDD/SSD to Samsung M.2 SSD?

“I bought a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SATA M.2 SSD, and I was planing to migrate all data from my old hard drive to the new M.2 SSD. So I’m here to ask if there is any way for Samsung migrate to M.2 SSD. I do not want to reinstall the operating system and other applications. So, how can I migrate to Samsung M.2 SSD and boot from it normally?”

Actually, the simplest way to migrate data from HDD/SSD to Samsung M.2 SSD without any booting problem is to clone HDD/SSD to Samsung M.2 SSD. However, how to do it?

M.2 SSD cloner

Samsung migrate to M.2 SSD without reinstalling isn’t a simple thing unless you make use of an M.2 SSD cloner. The Samsung Migration software is a good M.2 SSD cloner for Samsung hard drive, and you can use it to clone HDD/SSD to Samsung M.2 SSD.

1. Create a system image with your favourite software and store on a different drive.

2. Download and install Samsung Migration software from Samsung site.

3. Update BIOS to the latest version.

4. Install Samsung 850 EVO SATA M.2 SSD, and make sure it is detected in BIOS.

5. Boot into Windows.

6. Initialize Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD in Windows Disk Management as MBR orGPT(the same as what your old drive was partitioned as).

7. Shrink the volume of your C: drive to fit M.2 SSD if needed.

8. Format as NTFS as usual.

9. Run Samsung Migration software, select the Samsung M.2 SSD as target drive.

10. The software will force you to shut down your PC, so here you need to shut down PC, and disconnect the old C: drive or disable the old C drive from the boot sequence.

11. Ensure the Samsung M.2 SSD is first in boot order table in BIOS, and boot up PC.

However, many users may found that if your source disk isn’t Samsung HDD/SSD, you can not use the Samsung Migrate software to clone HDD/SSD to Samsung M.2 SSD since the tool only works on Samsung. Thus, if your source hard drive isn’t Samsung, you may need another M.2 SSD cloner to help you finish the job. Fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant is such a great M.2 SSD cloner that supports many HDD/SSD like Samsung HDD/SSD, Seagate HDD/SSD, Hitachi HDD/SSD, Toshiba HDD/SSD, etc.

AOMEI Partition Assistant for Samsung migrate to M.2 SSD

AOMEI Partition Assistant is not only a great cloning software, but also a great partition manager. It allows you to migrate to Samsung M.2 SSD without any deletion. Here you can follow the detailed steps of Samsung migrate to M.2 SSD.

Ensure the port of your Samsung M.2 SSD is PCle or SATA, and make sure if your computer supports that in advance.

Step1. Connect the Samsung M.2 SSD to your computer and make sure it is detected, install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. It will show you its main interface. To clone HDD/SSD to Samsung M.2 SSD, here you should click Disk Clone Wizard at the left pane.

Clone System Disk

Step 2. You will move to the Disk Clone Wizard, here you can choose a way for Samsung Migrate to M.2: Clone Disk Quickly (recommend), or Sector-by-Sector Clone. Here we choose the first one.

Clone System Disk Quickly

Step 3.Then, select the old drive as the source disk. Click Next.

Select Source Disk Clone System Disk Full

Step 4. Here you need to select the Samsung M.2 SSD as the destination disk. Considering you are cloning HDD/SSD to an M.2 SSD drive, here we highly recommend you to check the option “Optimize the performance of SSD”. Click Next.

Select Target Disk Clone System Disk Quick

Step 5. When you are back to the main interface, click Apply at the toolbar to submit the whole process.

Apply Proceed Clone System Disk Quick

AOMEI Partition Assistant should be the best Samsung M.2 migration software. With AOMEI Partition Assistant, the Samsung migrate to M.2 SSD only needs a few steps. Besides, you can use it to upgrade hard drive to SSD, wipe hard drive, secure erase SSD, etc. It is worth to use.