How to Clone HDD/SSD to Samsung SSD?

Posted by @AOMEI

January 4, 2017

In most situations, you should clone Samsung SSD with a freeware rather than Samsung Data Migration which is with limitations.

Why choose Samsung SSD?

Samsung SSD

To begin, HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is the most basic storage disk of computer. It is a metal platter with the magnetic coating. When it spinning, the data can be read and written.

However, SSD (Solid State Drive) can be thought of as an oversized and more sophisticated version of a humble USB memory stick. Like a memory stick, SSD has no moving parts, and information is stored in microchips, which makes SSD so much faster and more durable than HDD. In addition, considering the type of SSD’s flash memory, you may read and write to an SSD all day long and the data storage integrity will be maintained for a very very long time, even outlive you.

Here, Samsung SSD is unique in the SSD industry, which represents one of the few manufactures that designs and manufactures every major SSD component, even controls its own NAND fabrication lines and produces a wide range of memory products. With its unparalleled understanding of SSD technology and its focus on usability, Samsung SSD is the one you can trust to store your precious data.

And after you prepare a Samsung SSD for changing old drive, you need to clone Samsung SSD.

Why need to clone Samsung SSD?

When you decide to replace your platter-based hard drive with a faster Samsung SSD for speeding up how you work with your computer, Samsung SSD clone is the necessary operation. In this way, you can avoid the annoyance of installing Windows again and easily having everything existing to your Samsung SSD.

Actually, Samsung provides users with a tool for Samsung SSD cloning and imaging, which is called Samsung Data Migration. It can help you migrate your existing Windows installation to a Samsung SSD so that you do not lose a single bit of data when the process completes. But there are so many requirements and limitations along with it.

Whats the requirements and limitations of Samsung Data Migration?

If you want to clone Samsung SSD successfully with Samsung Data Migration application, making sure to meet the requirements and being within the limitations of it, for example,

  • Samsung Data Migration only supports Windows XP SP2 (32-bit only), Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
  • The Target Disk needs to be one of the following: Samsung SSD 840 Series, 840 PRO Series, 830 Series, 479 Series.

Or, we’d like to recommend you a powerful clone software - AOMEI Backupper.

How to clone Samsung SSD with AOMEI Backupper?

AOMEI Backupper is professional and free. You can use it with any Windows systems including Windows Vista\XP\7\8\8.1\10 of both 32bit and 64bit, in addition you can apply it to all kinds of Samsung SSD. Before cloning, AOMEI Backupper will detect whether the space on destination SSD is sufficient or not. If no enough space, you can slim your source drive by removing data or using system clone to migrate only OS to SSD. You can clone a larger drive to a smaller SSD with it, as long as the used data size on source drive fits the SSD. And to clone MBR disk to GPT disk is also available for its full support of UEFI. Next, we’ll show you how to clone Samsung SSD with AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1: Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Select “Disk Clone” under “Clone” tab.

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Step 2: Select the source disk that you are going to clone(here is disk 0), and click "Next".

Source Disk

Step 3:Select your Samsung SSD as destination disk (here is disk 1), then click “Next”.

Destination Disk

Step 4: In this window, you can view the operation. Click “Start Clone” to continue.

Operation Summary

Tips:

  • “Edit partition on the destination disk” has three choices for you as need: copy without resizing partitions, fit all partitions to entire disk, and edit the partitions on this disk.
  • “Sector by sector clone” will clone all sector on disk no matter they are used or not.
  • “Align partition to optimize for SSD” is highly recommended here for optimizing your Samsung SSD’s performance.

Step 5: When the progress is 100%, click “Finish”.

Finish

Within five clicks, we finish Samsung SSD disk clone job. Now, it’s time to do by yourself. Also, you can use AOMEI Backupper to backup disk, system, partition and files.