Best Way to Clone Samsung SSD to another SSD without Reinstalling

Posted by @Teresa

March 26, 2018

It is quite easy to clone Samsung SSD to another SSD without reinstalling Windows and applications. This tutorial shows how to clone with Samsung SSD clone kit in Windows 7/8/10.

About Samsung SSD

Samsung Solid-state Drives (SSDs) are one of the most popular disk storages that are widely used in people desktop, laptop and RAID. In recent years, Samsung Company has produced many high performing SSDs, such as 850 EVO, 750 EVO, T3 500GB, 950 PRO Series, PM Series, and CM871 and so on. SSDs improve reading and writing speed for the computer and ensure data security at the same time because they have higher quivery resistance capability. Many users want to clone HDD to Samsung SSD to gain better performance. Surely, the SSD capacity goes up and price goes down are also two of reasons.

Samsung SSD 850 EVO

Why Clone Samsung SSD to another SSD?

In general, there are two main reasons for cloning Samsung SSD to SSD.

  • Upgrade SSD Disk Capacity. A part of users may have purchased Samsung SSD with small capacity at an early time due to budget or unknown reasons. Now they want to, for example, clone Samsung 850 EVO SATA M.2 1TB SSD to 850 PRO 2.5” SATA III to extend disk space. This is the situation that one has to move everything from one Samsung SSD to the other Samsung SSD.

  • Change SSD Brand Totally. One may installed his operating system on Samsung SSD at the beginning. Now he wants to replace Samsung SSD with another brand of SSD because he thinks that is better than this one. It may be better at only one aspect, speed, reliability, price, or capacity etc. any aspect that just meet his demands. So don’t be surprised if one of your friend plans to clone his Samsung XS1715 SSD to a Toshiba SSD several weeks after purchasing the Samsung SSD.

What Samsung SSD Clone Kit Do You Need?

Actually, to perform Samsung SSD clone in Windows 7, 8, 10, XP or Vista, you have different choices depending on the brand of target SSD. That is to say, if you clone Samsung SSD to another Samsung SSD, you can turn to its dedicated cloning tool, Samsung Data Migration (SDM). If not, you’ll need the help of third-party cloning tool.

Clone Samsung SSD 850 EVO to SSD via SDM

Samsung Data Migration (SDM) is a migrate tool that come with Samsung SSD when you purchase it. Yet not all Samsung SSD has SDM inside. SDM is designed for transferring over all existing files and programs from a current HDD or SSD to a new Samsung drive. So you can also clone HDD to Samsung SSD 840/850 with this tool.


1. Shut down you PC, install Samsung SSD by plugging a SATA cable into the motherboard’s SATA controller, and connect the other end of the cable and a SATA power connector to the new SSD. You can use an external USB adapter as well.

2. Boot off your PC. Install and run Samsung Data Migration. Click Start in the lower right corner.

3. Choose the source disk i.e. the Samsung SSD 850 EVO in this example.

4. Choose the new Samsung SSD as the target disk. Be careful in this step because the wrongly place will make the source disk overwritten.

5. Wait for the cloning process completes. Replace the original Samsung SSD with the new one and boot up from the new one.

As simple as it is, you’ll need extra help in some cases. For instance, the target SSD is not of Samsung brand as said. Moreover, you get the “Cloning failed. Target disk has been disconnected” even if you know you were not remove the disk in a few cases, or Samsung Data Migration Stuck error. To ensure the successfully cloning, give this tool a shot if you come across one of those issues. 

Clone Samsung SSD with Professional Cloning Software

AOMEI Backupper Professional is stable cloning software that has helped thousands of PC users in disk cloning all over the world. This cloning software works the same whether you’re cloning to Samsung SSD or not. It provides Disk Clone, System Clone and Partition Clone, which will assist you complete cloning task like a breeze. Cloning larger drive to smaller drive is also available in AOMEI Backupper since it can clone only used part of Samsung SSD. Keep reading and find more.

Step 1. Connect the new SSD to your PC via USB cable or disk enclosure. Install and start AOMEI Backupper. Go Clone > Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select Samsung SSD as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step 3. Select the new SSD as the destination disk.

Destination Disk

Step 4. Configure personal settings in the options beneath. Be sure to check Align partition to optimize for SSD box. Click Start Clone when you ready.

Operation Summary

Step 5.Swap the Samsung SSD with the new SSD to test if it works or not.


*Align partition to optimize for SSD: this will improve the reading and writing speed and prolong SSD’s lifespan.

*If you want to clone only system from Samsung SSD to new SSD, System Clone is helpful. Then you need to change boot priority in BIOS after cloning.

*AOMEI Backupper is Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista supported.

As a matter of fact, cloning Samsung SSD to another SSD is no other than cloning hard drive to SSD in AOMEI Backupper. As long as the disk can be recognized, you can use the clone function. That’s why some users will use this tool to clone USB bootable drive as well.