How to Migrate Windows 10 OS Only to Samsung 850 Evo SSD

migrate Windows 10 OS only to Samsung SSD

I have installed a new 250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD in my desktop computer and want to migrate only the Windows 10 OS to the SSD, because I plan to use the Samsung SSD as the boot disk and use my mechanical hard drive as the data storage disk. Any recommended system migration tool for this action?

Samsung provides free Samsung Data Migration software that helps users transfer all their data, including the current Windows operating system, applications and user data, from the existing storage device (e.g. HDD) to a new Samsung SSD. However, if you need to migrate only Windows 10 OS to the Samsung SSD, the software is not for you, because it clones multiple partitions at once. For such a case, iSumsoft Cloner, the powerful and yet easy-to-use partition cloning software, should be best alternative to system migration on Samsung SSD. It helps you safely, quickly, and accurately clone a separate partition, such as the system partition, on the HDD to another SSD. The cloning process will migrate all your data on the system drive, including the operating system, settings, applications, and your personal data to the SSD. Here are the simple steps.

How to migrate only Windows 10 OS to Samsung SSD

Step 1: Make sure the Samsung SSD is installed or connected to your computer, and that it displays as a partition in This PC. If it doesn’t display, you need to go to Disk Management to initialize and activate it.

SSD partition

Step 2: Download iSumsoft Cloner for free and install it on your computer.

Step 3: Launch iSumsoft Cloner and select the Copy option on the left side pane.

Select Copy option

Step 4: Select the system partition (usually Drive C:), where your current Windows 10 OS is installed, as the source partition, then select the SSD drive partition as the destination partition and click on Start button to start copying. Note that this action will firstly format the destination partition, so you should back up your important data saved on the SSD in advance. This action won’t affect the source partition.

Select Windows system partition

Step 4: Just wait until the copying process is complete. That usually takes about 20 minutes, depending on how much data you need to migrate. When the Mission completed appears, you are done. You will find only the Windows 10 OS was migrated to the Samsung SSD, while other data partitions were not.

system migration completed

Step 5: Now all that’s left to do is setting the Samsung SSD drive as the main boot device. This requires you to firstly turn off your computer and start it again. When the first logo appears on the computer screen, continuously press the BIOS key (F2 or other keys) to access the BIOS utility. From there, you need to select the Boot tab and move the SSD drive to the first boot device.

After your computer boots from the SSD drive, Windows 10 works perfectly, just like it did on the HDD. And you will find your settings, applications and other personal data on the original system drive are preserved completely.

All in all, if you need to migrate an entire hard drive to a Samsung SSD, Samsung Data Migration software may help. But if you want to migrate only the Windows 10 OS to the Samsung SSD, iSumsoft Cloner is good to go.

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  1. Just migrated Windows 10 from a Samsung 850 evo sata ssd 250gb to a new nvme 970 Pro 512gb. Worked perfectly. Thanks man you saved me a lot of time.

  2. I just purchased the 970 Evo NVMe M.2 and I was worried about how I would transfer only Windows OS to the new SSD. This was such a perfect tutorial. Tried this tool and it worked. Thank you so much for this post as well as the cloning tool.

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