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How to Migrate to an SSD Using Samsung Data Migration Software

How to Migrate to an SSD Using Samsung Data Migration Software

Sam ChenOctober 8, 2017

So you read our article on why you need an SSD and you took our recommendation to pick up a Samsung SSD. Now you’ve got the SSD in your hands and you’re wondering how in the world you’re going to migrate your Windows 10, 8.1, 8, or 7 installation along with all your programs and files to the new SSD. While you could just bite the bullet and re-install everything from scratch, doing so can be extremely time consuming.

Luckily, one of the features that sets Samsung SSDs apart is the Samsung’s Data Migration Software which can make the migration process from your old HDD or SSD to your new one easy and pain free. Today we’ll show you how to use it.


Samsung Data Migration Software Guide

Step 1

Connect your new Samsung SSD to your PC. There are a few ways to do this.

  1. If you purchased a PCIe or mSATA drive, simply install the drive into your system and you should be good to go.
  2. If you purchased a 2.5-inch SATA drive, you can either plug it into a second SATA port on your PC or connect it to your PC via a USB drive dock. An excellent USB drive dock is the Plugable USB 3.1 Gen 2 SATA Drive Dock however, any USB drive dock can be used for this purpose.


Step 2

Download Samsung’s Data Migration Software. Once downloaded, extracted and installed, start up the software.

For the purposes of today’s guide, we’ll be showing you how to use the latest version of Samsung Data Migration Tool Version 3.1. The Samsung Data Migration Software supports Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 along with pretty much every Samsung Consumer SSD on the market.

Once started, you’ll be greeted with the screen below. Go ahead and click the Start button in the bottom right hand corner of the app to get started.


Step 3

Next you’ll see the Disk Analysis and Cloning menu. In our instance, we’re migrating from a small Kingston V300 120GB to a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB. We can see both drives below. Ensure that the drive you’re migrating from is under Source Disk and the new Samsung drive under Target Disk. Click on Start to begin the migration process.


Step 4

Once the process is started, simply wait until the migration process is completed.


Step 5

When the migration is complete, the utility will display “The data on the Source Disk has been successfully cloned to your Samsung SSD.” From here simply turn off your PC, disconnect the old SSD and connect the new SSD if you haven’t done so already. That’s it!

About The Author
Sam Chen
Hardware and Technology Enthusiast. SSD Evangelist. Editor-in-Chief.
  • jack reacher
    December 5, 2017 at 4:00 am

    nice aticle

  • Baretto James
    December 12, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Samsung data migration tool, impressive. I earlier used GS Richcopy 360 to get this task done. It offered me multi threaded file transfer, incremental backup and many other features. Pretty dope software, loved using it!

  • Anurag Harsh
    December 15, 2017 at 3:13 am

    GS RichCopy360 is the best!

  • jack reacher
    January 15, 2018 at 4:11 am

    use robocopy…

  • Daniel Martin
    February 7, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Perhaps using some other tool like GS Rich Copy 360 would be a good solution as you can have multiple threads (upto 256) and can also schedule the tasks. That way it’ll make sure that no packages are dropped and the overall performance will also be increased. We have been using this for quite sometime now!

  • Hector
    November 29, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Nice article Sam, however for some reason the simplicity of what you wrote, is not working for me. I am using a USB Dock Drive to clone the original M.2 still installed in my laptop to my new 970 EVO NVMe M.2 using the USB dock and when I load up Samsung Data Migration, it recognizes my source, but will not recognize my target that is plugged into the USB.

    Unless I am missing something in your article?


    • May 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Hey Hector, are you using a M.2 NVMe to USB enclosure? Some M.2 enclosures are for M.2 SATA drives, which is likely the reason it’s not recognized.

  • Bryan
    May 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    i have a similar deal here i have a 970 m.2 1tb as C drive and want to transfer to a 2 tb 970 and
    it does not see the c drive at all or any source drive at all

    • May 5, 2019 at 1:17 pm

      Hey Bryan, how do you have the new drive plugged in? If you’re using USB, does it get recognized by Windows? You may be using an incompatible USB to M.2 adapter as some M.2 drives are SATA rather than NVMe so some adapters only work with SATA and some with NVMe.

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