How to Do Samsung SSD Hard Drive Clone in Windows

Lucien updated on May 25, 2022 to Disk Clone

With the popularity of SSDs on the market, many users began to use SSDs to replace traditional HDDs to make Windows system disks. As prices fell, some users chose to replace SSDs with larger capacity. Many users will choose Samsung's SSDs. The SSDs produced by Samsung are considered relatively advanced in technology, relatively stable, and have outstanding performance. Samsung has a lot of SSD models: 970 EVO Plus, 860 EVO, 970 PRO, 860 EVO, 850 EVO, 860 QVO, Portable T5, etc.

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When the user replaces the SSD, there are some problems. If we directly use it to install the system, the software on our previous system needs to be reinstalled, and you also need to transfer data to the new device, which is a very tedious thing. Is there any way to clone the original system directly to the new SSD and keep all the environment?

Here are two recommended methods to get the job done, Samsung data migration software and the free Samsung SSD clone software DMclone.

How to Clone Samsung Hard Drive in Windows?

Method 1. Do Disk Clone with Samsung Data Migration Software

Samsung Data Migration is an excellent Samsung mobile phone data migration tool. Samsung Data Migration is a useful and easy-to-use Samsung data migration software that can help you quickly migrate data to Samsung SSD. The software supports cloning, and you can easily migrate all to Samsung SSD.

The software has multi-language interface versions, including simplified Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, German, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian. When installing the software, you can select the corresponding language, which is convenient for users in different regions to operate.

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1. First, you can realize docking and identification through USB (or other data cables) or SATA interface conversion on the motherboard.
2. Run Samsung Data Migration on the computer to be cloned, select the original disk and the target disk to be cloned. It will remind you that the target disk will be formatted (if the disk is empty, click "Yes").
3. Start to clone the data. After the clone is completed, you can replace the original system disk with a new Samsung SSD disk.

This method is easy to achieve the result you want. However, based on feedback from users who use this utility, the process can get stuck at 99% of the verification stage. Sometimes, the system cannot be started. In addition, you can also learn from the Samsung SSD's user manual that it has many limitations, such as this software can only run if the Samsung NVMe driver is installed on the source disk. It won't work if you use Samsung NVMe SSD as the target disk without installing the Samsung NVMe driver.

Of course, we can also choose other methods to clone the disk to avoid any troublesome operations. It's easier to do these things with the free Samsung SSD cloning software DMclone.

Method 2. Use Disk Cloning software to Clone the Hard Drive

DMclone for Windows is one of the best disk cloning software. It helps you safely clone HDD, SSD, memory card, USB flash drive, etc., from one location to another. You can also use it to help you upgrade your old hard drive to a new one without reinstalling the Windows operating system. It supports two clone modes: partition clone and disk clone. It is free to use once. DMclone can also help adjust the target disk layout during cloning and provide three different modes of clone data, which is very friendly. If necessary, it makes a WINPE disk image and then automatically enters WINPE for cloning.

Step 1: Select clone source and clone target.

Select a disk or partition as the clone source in the pop-up clone window. The target can be an empty disk or unallocated space as the clone target. Click next.

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Step 2: Edit the destination disk layout.

To edit the cloned target disk layout, you can select auto fit disk layout, clone as the source disk, or manually edit disk layout.

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Step 3: Perform cloning.

After confirmation, click "execute" to start the cloning process.

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Remind:

1. Cloning the drive will first erase all contents on the target disk. Please back up important data in advance.
2. Make sure the destination disk has enough space to save all the data on the source disk, and then clone Windows 10/11 to a new hard disk, especially a smaller one. Otherwise, the cloning process will fail.
3. Use the same steps for laptops. You can connect the target disk via a USB hard drive enclosure and clone it to the disk. After cloning, you can disassemble the notebook and replace it with a new disk.
4. Some users complain that cloned hard disks became unbootable. The first thing you should check is the boot order. It may be a boot mode issue (UEFI/BIOS) if it is correct. If you clone GPT to an MBR disk, you must change UEFI to Legacy in the boot menu (and vice versa).

FAQs:

1. "Samsung Data Migration cloning failed" error?
Judging from the user manual, Samsung Data Migration has a lot of limitations, which may be the reason for the problem. You can disable hibernation mode or paging file, decrypt BitLocker before cloning, use the chkdsk command line to check the source disk for bad sectors, etc.

2. The cloned SSD cannot boot?
Possible reasons for a drive not booting after cloning: source drive has bad sectors, system corruption, missing boot drive necessary for cloning, misconfigured drive boot, MBR, and GPT conflicts.

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