By Cherry / Last Updated May 25, 2022

Brief introduction of Samsung Data Migration software

Samsung Data Migration (SDM) is a data migration software that allows you to transfer all existing files and programs from a current HDD/SSD to a new Samsung drive such as Samsung 980 SSD, etc. It also allows you to clone a larger capacity drive to a smaller Samsung SSD. For most of Samsung users, I believe using Samsung Data Migration in Windows 10 to clone disk is their first choice.

✎ This software can only clone a disk that contains the operating system. That's to say, it is only available for cloning system disk to Samsung SSD drive.

Steps: Clone hard drives via Samsung Data Migration in Windows 10

Samsung Data Migration clone will walk through the process of cloning an existing Windows system hard drive to a new Samsung SSD. It is not complicated, and you can follow the steps below to learn how to use Samsung Data Migration on Windows 10:

1. Connect your new Samsung SSD to your PC based-on Windows 10 OS. Launch your Samsung Data Migration software (You may need to download the software from Samsung’s website). Here, you need to click on Start in the bottom right-hand corner.

Samsung Data Migration

2. This software will display you the source and target drive. And here, you need to make sure the drive you want to clone from is selected as the source disk, and the new Samsung SSD is selected as the target disk. Then, click Start.

Source Disk and Target Disk

3. It will give you a warning to remind you that all data on the Target Disk will be deleted and cannot be recovered. Also, files on the Source Disk that are open cannot be cloned. So you need to close all running files before cloning, and make sure you pick the right disk as the target disk, or you can backup disk in advance. Then, click Yes to continue, and the cloning process will now begin.


4. When the process is finished, it will display you “The data on the source disk has been cloned to your Samsung SSD”. Quit the program, and you can shut down the system and install the new disk.

Cloning Complete

However, this Samsung cloning software may fail to clone hard drive to SSD sometimes. You may meet the errors such as “Samsung Data migration not enough space" in Windows 10, “Samsung Data Migration not working", that may cause Samsung Data Migration cloning failed in Windows 10. Besides, Samsung Data Migration may not work for cloning drives with do not have Windows installed, and you cannot use it to clone hard drive to SSD that is not Samsung brand.

Alternative to Samsung Data Migration in Windows 10 (recommend)

If you face a similar situation, please turn to another better cloning software - AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It is a great cloning software that supports multiple HDD/SSD brands including Samsung, Kingston, SanDisk, Seagate, WD, Intel, etc. It can avoid the errors of Samsung Data Migration in cloning, allowing users to complete disk clone easily.

Besides, it provides you three copy methods to satisfy your different requirements:

☞ Disk Clone Wizard: Cloning entire hard drive to another HDD/SSD;
☞ Migrate OS to SSD: Cloning Windows operating system files and programs to another HDD/SSD.
☞ Partition Clone Wizard: Copying a partition to another SSD or HDD.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional should be the best alternative to Samsung Data Migration in Windows 11/10/8/7. With this software, you can easily clone boot drive to Samsung SSD, or clone data drive to Samsung SSD.

You can free download AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Demo to stimulate and preview operations. 

Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Connect your Samsung SSD to your Windows PC. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main interface, click All Tools -> Disk Clone Wizard.

Clone System Disk

Step 2. To copy a disk to a smaller one, here you need to select Clone Disk Quickly, and then, click Next.

Clone System Disk Quickly

Step 3. Here you can choose your source disk, AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to clone both boot drive and data drive to another new SSD, so here you can choose any hard drive according to your needs. Then, click Next.

Select Source Disk Clone System Disk Full

Step 4. Then, choose the Samsung SSD (or other brands’ SSD) as the destination disk, you need to check the option of “Optimize the performance of SSD” for optimizing SSD’s performance during the cloning process. Click Next.

Select Target Disk Clone System Disk Quick

Step 5. AOMEI Partition Assistant allows you to edit partitions on the destination disk. Or you can choose to repartition hard drive after clone. Click Next.

Clone System Disk Fit Partitions

Step 6. Here will give you a note about how to boot computer after clone if you are cloning system disk. Click Next.


Step 7. Finally, click Apply to submit the whole operations.

Apply Proceed Clone System Disk Quick

When the process is finished, you can exit the program.


Using AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to clone hard drive to SSD in Windows 10 is a good way if you are failed by using Samsung Data Migration Windows 10. It can help you fix errors that would cause Samsung Data Migration cloning failure. Besides, it is also a great hard disk partition manager that supports you to manage partition on hard drive better. To clone Samsung SSD in Windows Server, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.