Samsung SSD - A Guide To Using The Samsung Data Migration Tool

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RenTzio: 2:14
20% of the source disk?
I think they mean the targed disk?

maikai196: I love how in step 5 of this video, it says to repeat steps 1 through 6 if it failed.

DovahJoe: missing bootmgr?

Matthew Matthews: My issue: My Source and Target are both my SSD. I'm trying to clone my HDD to the SSD but I can't if they are both labeled as my SSD.

Gregory Hafen: Well Samsung, Now what? I got to 97 percent done and a code "Failed to retrieve source information 205500(0322bc)" pops up. Any suggestions anyone.

Roger London: CLONE FAIL SAMSUNG SSD to Samsung SSD Fails on every PC
So I have a Haswell i7 rig (GTX 780) with Platinum PSU etc etc... W8.1 Pro (and a few other W8.1 PC`s I tried the clone op with also)........
.... and on the SSD to clone in question, it is a Samsung EVO 250Gb SSD. It seems to work perfect. 
But its getting near full~ish.... (30Gb spare)....
... so I bought a Samsung EVO VNAND 500Gb.... (twice the capacity) and thought an easy clone was in store....
(I also have some additional drives I have just disconnected for the Clone op [as the Samsung clone software was being stupid [trying to get me to clone my documents drive to my new SSD]). With or without the other drives connected, it FAILS, FAILS, FAILS.
So; when I try to clone, It gets to about 33% cloned, and then fails.
Time after time.
Recent ERROR MESSAGE is:- "Failed to retrieve source information 205500(0322bc)" 
I tried to clone the SSD to SSD on a CLONE machine/Box. A FAIL
I tried to clone using Macrium Reflect. A FAIL
I tried to clone using EASEUS. A FAIL.
I tried them all a few times including the SAMSUNG CLONE Software.
What am I doing wrong?
Is there a problem with the 250Gb SSD I don`t know about (I am using this PC with it in now)...
Or will a SAMSUNG EVO not clone to a SAMSUNG VNAND ?
Do I have to try everything including disabling features such as RAPID MODE? And Disable Performance and everything?
Or what???
I have been a dozen hours trying to do this simple task.
I tired to contact SAMSUNG; but as I bought the SSD`s from Amazon, their help website gives me the brush off.
And I dont want to send them back; as they both work (I installed a bare W8.1 onto the VNAND and it ran great [But I have thousands of files and links to the other hard drives; and programs etc etc etc and it would take me a month of part-time work to get them all linked properly... so I PREFER To CLONE.
It should be easy.... so.... 

Black Rice: I have the 850 Pro. Running windows 8.1 and neither of the Samsung software recognize the SSD

Jason Gador: so i tried cloning my HDD with this tool, but its stuck on 100%... i got no options but to click cancel or the X at the top. Please help? It took 4 hours to clone and i really dont want to keep repeating.

A Freethinker: Is there a way to clone my windows and put that on the new SSD? I don't want to re-install windows all over again. There's no need for that.

Cam Kustka: Does the 850 Evo come with that Sata to USB adapter? That would be extremely useful.

Michael Walker: does anybody know if this will completely clone everything or will it just transfer your files and you have to customize your desktop again unlike the intel software

David H: How do I transfer data to an msata drive? My Series 7 Ultra uses msata and I bought a Crucial M550 512GB drive for it.

Ampersand: Does anybody know if you can do the data migration without using the SATA to USB cable?

sean widdowson: I just bought the 840 evo 120gb sss and i want to migrate all my data form my hardrive to my ssd using my laptop
how do i do it?
does the 840 evo 120gb ssd come with usb adapter?

Kunschner: What if I just want to migrate just the OS?

BURCHDOG: Anyone know how to actually use Samsung SSD Magician ? Is it even necessary?

Bob Gorton: I cannot install the data migration software. It starts then presents this message and aborts: 'Feature transfer error - Access is Denied'.
Any ideas?

Marat Dolzhenko: Also here is a side-by-side benchmark of a Samsung 840 pro (512gb) vs a standard 1tb HDD

(1tb HDD to the left, and the Samsung 840 pro to the right):

The SSD kills the HDD in performance, and the SSD completed the test in under a second, while the HDD took some time to complete the test.

The HDD is a standard WD 1tb 7200RPM Sata 3 Drive 
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In my personal opinion, and experience: Nowadays you should always have an SSD as your main boot-drive and for applications that you want to load fast (Photoshop, Skyrim, other games, etc) -- Basically something that has a ton of little files throughout the drive and need to be read.

For storage, HDD is the way to go. For things like movies, CD Backups (I back up all my driver CDs), Movies, Operating System ISOs, photos, and files that are not constantly being read/don't need the speed of an SSD; keep them on a second drive. 

Marat Dolzhenko: Honestly there is never a bad time to reinstall windows, if you guys have desktops -- I suggest buying another sata3 wire, installing a fresh windows copy on your new ssd (512gb 840 pro in my case) and make it your C drive (Your windows boot drive/hdd)

After install, plug in your old HDD, and use it as storage. You can keep your old files that you need, move some stuff to your SDD (games you want to load fast), and delete everything you don't need like your old windows.

Now I have my 512 840 pro running as my boot drive, with windows, and games that I need to load fast, and my old 1tb HDD as my storage drive.

Changed my downloads directory to B:/downloads (1tb WD HDD [storage drive]), because why waste writes/storage on our SSD when we don't even need it's speed?

Install programs that I don't need to be on the SSD into B:/program files or B:/program files (x86)

How things look :)

Also it's awesome to have Hard Disk Sentinel running in the background as it checks on your drives (SSD, HDD, water driver) periodically and tells you how they're doing and etc. Runs in the background, uses S.M.A.R.T (If your Mobo supports it), and knows everything about your drives!

And here's a little benchmark of my 840 pro 512gb vs my old 1TB HDD :)

Hope this helps some Desktop users, feel free to message/reply for help on running multiple drives, moving files, setting up windows directories on different drives, etc -- Happy to help!

Danny Sillence: Please answer. Does this software also clone you're factory restore? Just wanna double check.
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