Is your current Solid State Drive full and you want a bigger SSD? Well its a very simple and straight forward process to Migrate and clone your old data. How? By using the Samsung Data Migration tool, which is currently on version V3.0.
I always choose Samsung SSD drives as they are very reliable, and great cost per dollar. Sure there are other SSD drives out in the real world with real great products, but for consistency and innovation my vote goes to Samsung.
Samsung are one of the Pioneer leaders when it comes to SSD drives for your computer. They are a South Korean multinational conglomerate company and their Samsung’s EVO series SSD are the industry’s #1 best-selling Solid State Drives, and are great for everyday computing.
Samsung 800 Series SSD
Over the years I have Installed the following Samsung Solid State Drives as upgrades on all of my PCs. As time goes on and your drive fills up, you find that there are better options at cheaper prices.
- Early Model SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5 inch 128GB SATA III MLC Solid State Drive
- Trusted SAMSUNG 840 Series 2.5 inch 240GB SATA III
- Newest SAMSUNG 850 Series 2.5 inch 512 GB Evo Sata III V-NAND
All 3 Drives were purchased for about $180 AUS dollars each at the time. So as the years went by, once I could purchase a drive at double the capacity of the old drive for the same price I took the deal.
How to Install a Samsung SSD Evo or Pro in a Computer
First you will need to Install your SSD and run the Power and SATA cables to your drive. If you don’t have mounting screw holes on your case, you may need a bracket or double-sided scotch tape. Trust me it works wonders.
Power up your PC with the original SSD drive still installed, and download Samsungs Data Migration Tool and install it.
Samsung Data Migration V3
Open the Samsung Data Migration Tool software, this software will clone your old drive and copy it all to your new drive. Everything will be copied over, but there is a warning about closing down all open programs as these wont be cloned. I just shut down everything even anti-virus. Make sure the Source and destination Drives are correct. Then click start to proceed.
Depending on the size of your drive, Samsung Data Migration Tool software will take a while to transfer all of your data. To transfer about 110 GB will take approximately 20 minutes. More if your drives are larger and full. Also the speed of your transfer medium will play a massive part in the overall transfer time. Just let it run and get a drink, do the laundry or pat the dog. Multi tasking at its best.
Once the process is complete, shut down your computer and unplug your old drives power and SATA cables. It’s always a good idea to leave the old SSD in your PC for a few days, just to make sure your new Solid State Drive works as it should.
Alternate Software Options to Clone SSD
There are a few other options to clone your HDD or SSD. But the one most people use that is free is, Macrium Reflect
Other honorable mentions are Acronis True Image but lately there have been some complaints with drives freezing especially the Crucial MX300. Stick with Macrium Reflect if you don’t want to use the Samsung Data Migration Tool.
How to Install a SSD drive without a spare SATA cable or slot?
If you are upgrading a laptop to a larger SSD your best bet is to use a USB to SATA cable connection. You can buy these for under $10 from Amazon or eBay. Or you can use an External USB HDD case to mount your SSD into. This will be slightly slower process as you will be limited to USB 2 or preferably USB 3 speeds.
Problems you may face in SSD upgrades
Sometimes you computer may not recognise the new drive and will just sho it as no drive installed. Quick and easy fix for this is to format the drive as NTFS and you should be good. If you can’t format for some reason try searching for the drive in disk management
Right-click the bottom-left corner (or Start button) on the desktop (windows) to open Quick Access Menu, and then choose Disk Management., or Use Windows+R to open Run, type diskmgmt.msc in the empty box and tap OK. Look for the new drive.
- When Disk Management opens, (Windows 8 and 10) a pop-up should appear and prompt you to initialize the SSD.
- Select MBR (Master Boot Record) and click OK
- Right click where it says Un-allocated and select New Simple Volume
- New Simple Volume Wizard will open, click Next
- Leave the Specify Volume Size as the maximum which is the default value, click Next
- Select a Drive Letter (but not C at this stage)and click Next
- In the Format Partition screen, decide on a Volume label and click Next
The drive is now formatted and should not give you any further problems. Proceed with the Cloning process
What can I use my Old SSD Drives for?
There are many Ideas for your old Solid State Drive uses 5 Examples are
- As mentioned above use them for a fast USB storage drive.
- Put them in an old PC to increase the performance and or boot time.
- Use them in a media server PC for a very quiet operation.
- Shove them in a NAS drive for very fast access time.
- Chuck it in you PC as a Swap drive or dedicated Photoshop, Lightroom, or Video processing drive, this will make a huge improvement in rendering work.