[SOLVED] Will Samsung's data migration tool do EVERYTHING for me automatically?

yar2000

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I just bought a new 1TB Samsung 980 M.2 SSD for €65. Had my eyes on an M.2 for a while (preferably a Samsung because of the data migration tool and high speeds/quality) so when I saw this price I really couldn't pass up on it.

I'm currently running a 5 year old Crucial 275GB SATA SSD (with ~100GB of space left currently - only used for OS, drivers, programmes I use very often and games I play very often). I'd like to clean that drive up a bit, back up some important files just in case, and then migrate the entire drive over to the new M.2 SSD using Samsung's data migration tool.

If I do exactly what I just said and then go to BIOS to change the boot device to the new M.2 SSD, will all my file directories, drivers and all that stuff be set up correctly? Will it act as the new "C" drive (which is currently the Crucial SSD) automatically? Or do I need to do more stuff manually to have it all function as it does right now?

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks :)
 

USAFRet

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Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
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Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive

(ignore this section if using the SDM)
If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
(end ignore)


Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
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I just bought a new 1TB Samsung 980 M.2 SSD for €65. Had my eyes on an M.2 for a while (preferably a Samsung because of the data migration tool and high speeds/quality) so when I saw this price I really couldn't pass up on it.

I'm currently running a 5 year old Crucial 275GB SATA SSD (with ~100GB of space left currently - only used for OS, drivers, programmes I use very often and games I play very often). I'd like to clean that drive up a bit, back up some important files just in case, and then migrate the entire drive over to the new M.2 SSD using Samsung's data migration tool.

If I do exactly what I just said and then go to BIOS to change the boot device to the new M.2 SSD, will all my file directories, drivers and all that stuff be set up correctly? Will it act as the new "C" drive (which is currently the Crucial SSD) automatically? Or do I need to do more stuff manually to have it all function as it does right now?

Any help is much appreciated! Thanks :)
Works better
https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree
 

USAFRet

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Mar 16, 2013
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-----------------------------
Specific steps for a successful clone operation:
-----------------------------
Verify the actual used space on the current drive is significantly below the size of the new SSD
Download and install Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration, if a Samsung SSD)
If you are cloning from a SATA drive to PCIe/NVMe, install the relevant driver for this new NVMe/PCIe drive.
Power off
Disconnect ALL drives except the current C and the new SSD
Power up
Run the Macrium Reflect (or Samsung Data Migration)
Select ALL the partitions on the existing C drive

(ignore this section if using the SDM)
If you are going from a smaller drive to a larger, by default, the target partition size will be the same as the Source. You probably don't want that
You can manipulate the size of the partitions on the target (larger)drive
Click on "Cloned Partition Properties", and you can specifiy the resulting partition size, to even include the whole thing
(end ignore)


Click the 'Clone' button
Wait until it is done
When it finishes, power off
Disconnect ALL drives except for the new SSD
This is to allow the system to try to boot from ONLY the SSD
Swap the SATA cables around so that the new drive is connected to the same SATA port as the old drive
Power up, and verify the BIOS boot order
If good, continue the power up

It should boot from the new drive, just like the old drive.
Maybe reboot a time or two, just to make sure.

If it works, and it should, all is good.

Later, reconnect the old drive and wipe all partitions on it.
This will probably require the commandline diskpart function, and the clean command.

Ask questions if anything is unclear.
-----------------------------
 
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If I do exactly what I just said and then go to BIOS to change the boot device to the new M.2 SSD, will all my file directories, drivers and all that stuff be set up correctly? Will it act as the new "C" drive (which is currently the Crucial SSD) automatically? Or do I need to do more stuff manually to have it all function as it does right now?
Everything should work fine, but going into bios and changing the drive order could cause windows to assign different letters to the rest of your drives, in that case you can go to disk management and just re assign the old letters to each drive.
 
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geofelt

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I have used the samsung ssd migration app many times with good success. There are a few restrictions which you can read about in the instructions.
You can download the instructions and app here:
While you are at it, download and install the samsung pcie ssd driver.
Install that first.

The app is a C drive mover, not a clone which is a bit for bit copy.
The app moves the appropriate recovery and other partitions.
It will extend the user space to the max.
When done, it shuts down and you can remove the original C drive.

The app does not change the source C drive.
 
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