Move Windows to a New Samsung SSD

If you’ve been considering making the transition to a solid state drive, but are put off by the idea of reinstalling Windows on a new drive, there’s a program to help you around that problem …

I have been running a Solid State Drive (SSD) as my primary hard drive for the last couple of years. My first experience with first generation SSDs was not really that good, as I had to endure performance drops after some time of usage.

This improved when newer generations came out up to the point where I do not really notice any big performance drops over time. This is one of the core reasons why Solid State Drives have moved into mass market. It is not the only one, as price drops and increasing storage play a big part in that as well.

If you are still running a platter-based hard drive you may have thought about moving to a faster SSD to speed up how you work with the computer.

The prospect of installing Windows again on the PC on the other hand may have kept you from making that step.

Samsung’s SSD Data Migration application provides you with a tool to migrate your existing Windows installation to a Samsung Solid State Drive so that you do not lose a single bit of data when the process completes.

This means that you can boot Windows from the Samsung SSD right after you have completed the migration process. Once booted, you can access all installed programs, documents, files and other data as if you were still running the old drive.

While you are limited to Samsung hardware in regards to the destination drive, you do not have to take any precautions in regards to size as long as the new SSD can store all existing data that you have stored on the original partition or drive.

It is theoretically possible to migrate to a smaller sized Solid State Drive as long as it has enough space for all data of the original drive.

Migrating Windows to a new Samsung SSD

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First thing you need to do is download the latest version of Samsung’s Data Migration Software from the official Samsung SSD website.¬† It is available in different interface languages. Here you can also download a user guide for detailed instructions on how to use the software.

The program will perform an update check after installation. It is highly recommended to update to the latest version before you run the application. This means unfortunately that you have to run through the installation process again.

Click on the start button in the interface afterwards. The tool selects the current Windows drive as the source disk automatically, and a connected Samsung SSD as the source drive automatically as well. If you have multiple installed, make sure the right one is selected  as the target disk.

The cloning itself is done in Windows and may take a while to complete. Once completed, you need to either select the new drive to boot from, or, disconnect the original source disk from the computer so that the new drive is picked up automatically during the boot process.

System Requirements

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

Limitations

Below is a short selection of limitations. Consult the user manual for a complete list.

  • The source drive needs to have at least 20% free storage space.
  • The destination drive needs to have enough free storage space for the process to complete successfully.
  • OEM Recovery partitions cannot be replicated.
  • Encrypted disks cannot be cloned.

Verdict

The main benefit of the program is that you can move Windows to a new drive without losing any of the configuration or functionality of your existing installation. It is rather limited in terms of the disks it supports, but if you do own or plan on buying one of them, you may as well use the tool to migrate your existing copy of Windows over to save lots of time.

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