How to Clone HDD to Samsung SSD without Reinstalling?

Posted by @Teresa

October 9, 2017

This tutorial will introduce you how to clone hard drive (HDD) to Samsung SSD successfully with freeware as well as Samsung Data Migration without reinstalling system and applications.

Why clone HDD to Samsung SSD?

Along with the popularization of SSD (Solid State Drive), many users tend to replacing HDD (Hard Disk Drive) with the SSD or if you have SSD before, then clone SSD to new SSD. Samsung has produced several high performing SSD drives: 750 EVO Series, 950 PRO Series, 840 Series, 830 Series, 470 Series and so on. Well, you can simply reinstall the OS onto the new SSD or backup system and restore it later to the SSD, which leave all applications and games running on the old and slow hard drive. But for sure, that’s not the type most users like.

Clone hard drive to Samsung SSD improves the reading and writing speed as well as the work efficiency if you work on it. Also, you are likely to migrating OS to SSD especially when you have dual systems on the HDD. Anyhow, you have recognized the advantage of SSD right the moment you decide to purchase one. The question is how to clone hard drive to Samsung SSD. In fact, you have two ways to finish this job. One is using Samsung Data Migration, the other is using third party freeware, AOMEI Backupper Standard.

How to clone HDD to Samsung SSD?

First of all, backup files that you care most. In addition, connect your new SSD to your PC either via SATA (for desktop users) or via the adapter cable (for laptop users). As for Samsung SSD, you can try one utility of Samsung Corp: Samsung's Data Migration (SDM). If the SSD doesn’t produced by Samsung, it is recommended not to use this software. SDM is designed for transferring over all existing files and programs from a current HDD or SSD to a new Samsung drive. This software comes along with some of Samsung SSD drives. If not, then you need to download one from the official website.

Install and open SDM, it will scan the system for the presence of any connected storage device. Click Start to begin the disk scan and diagnosis step. The rest is to follow the wizard to choose source disk and target disk. If you want to add new partition on the new SSD, try clicking the plus icon in the top right corner. Then click Start. When it’s finished, shut down your system, swap out the old HDD for the new SSD, and boot up (make sure to enable AHCI in BIOS if it’s not already set up).

This method is pretty easy. Nevertheless, according to the feedback from users of this utility, the process sometimes will get stuck at 99% at the verify stage. Sometimes, it gets stuck at the boot screen with no picture there or anything. It is not saying that you would encounter above trouble by sure. But it is better to have plan B in case you are unlucky to meet one of them: HDD to SSD clone software, AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Clone hard drive with AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is the professional software that free for commercial and home use. It supports clone HDD not only to bigger SSD but also smaller one. You needn’t to worry about having a correct 4k partition alignment for the SSD because this software will take care of that. Besides, you can resize the partition on the new SSD during the cloning process. It ensures cloning successfully and boot from it normally. Download to experience it.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Clone, and select Disk Clone.

Clone

Step2. Select the old HDD as the source disk.

the source disk

Step3. Select the new Samsung SSD as the destination path.

the destination disk

Step4. Check Align partition to optimize for SSD box, and click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Tips:

  • This operation will clone only used part by default, so the Samsung SSD can be smaller than HDD but must be larger or equal than the used space of HDD. If you need to clone every aspect of the old SSD, make sure to check Sector by sector clone box. But the Samsung SSD must be larger or equal than HDD.
  • You can fit all partitions to the entire disk in Edit partitions on the destination diskyet if you need the rest two functions in that option, please click to upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional.

There is no restriction for you to choose which way to clone HDD to Samsung SSD as long as you find it helpful. To be honest, AOMEI Backupper Standard is handy software that could save you a lot of backup and restore issues. For instance, it supports various Windows operating systems like Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. AOMEI Backupper Standard also supports Western Digital (WD) disk clone as well as many other brands of disk. Features like system clone, incremental & differential backup, schedule backup, dissimilar hardware restore, etc are come with AOMEI Backupper Standard, too.

AOMEI Backupper Professional provides a feature called Disk space management that will delete old backups automatically based on specified value. To some extent, it will help you better manage Samsung SSD. This advanced edition also supports command line clone. If you’re IT experts or computer geeks, give it a shot.