New Samsung SSD: Data Migration software weirdness

First question–when installing an SSD in a desktop, is the USB to SATA cable shown in the installation diagram indispensable? I thought it would be just like installing an HDD? Really confused right now.

Also, I’ve got the new SSD installed and powered physically, but the Samsung data migration software shows the SSD as being the source AND the target disk: for both, it says “Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB” (although the size given for the source “SSD” does correspond with that of the HDD that the C: partition is on). Huh? I don’t want to screw anything up. Please advise, anyone.

P.S.: There doesn’t appear to be any way to change the source disk in the software.

Not something i’ve used myself (i just did a new install in the system my Samsung SSD is in), but maybe this will help:

The SSD connects like a normal HD. The USB cable is intended to assist in the initial transfer, particularly if you have a laptop, since it’s unlikely you can mount two HD’s conventionally. In a desktop, you can use the USB for the initial transfer, or you can hook the new SSD as a secondary drive.

I’ve used the Samsung migration software a few times without incident, although I don’t recall it ever listing the same drive as both source and target.

I’ve heard good things about EaseUS Partition Master, if you want to try alternative software:

Thanks for the replies. I went ahead and went for it, but unfortunately got an error message right at the end. Ran a chkdsk on the c: drive at reboot and it found and fixed a couple of things, so I’m going to try the cloning again tonight.

BTW, I need to get a new case and PSU stat. The only free SATA power connector I had and the way it was oriented given my current 4 HDDs and my optical drive forced me to install the SSD upside down and not even affixed to anything (one end is resting on top of the HDD cage in my Sonata Elite case. It’s crazy how light these SSDs are, and they have no moving parts, so I’m not too worried, but it’s pretty slapdash.

Looking at the Fractal Design Define R5 (which looks like a dream) and maybe this Seasonic PSU. I’ll need to get a new case to upgrade the video card eventually anyway. For now I’m holding on to my mobo/CPU/RAM.

I use macrium reflect free for all my disk imaging and cloning needs:

I’ve cloned the boot drive for 2 machines that I recently upgraded to ssd’s and it worked fine. But in both cases I just hooked up the ssd to a free sata port to do the cloning since it was faster.

I used minitool partition wizard just to verify alignment and it was fine.

I’ve used Clonezilla in the past and it is super easy. You burn an ISO that’s a bootable Linux installation with the drives hooked up and follow the prompts. It’ll resize to the new size as part of the process.

Thanks guys, the second clone attempt went fine, then I rebooted and made sure to set the SSD as the boot drive in the BIOS. What a difference in bootup speed. Then I optimized the OS for installation on SSD using the Samsung Magician software, and made sure TRIM was enabled for the SSD and it was (for all I know maybe the OS optimization step took care of that for me).

Windows Experience Index went from 5.9 to 7.5 (sure hope higher is better!). Now the bottleneck is the processor (an i5 2500k running at stock 3.3 GHz) at 7.5 although everything else is more or less in the same neighborhood–7.8s and 7.9s.

This thread is going to be a help when I mess with my disks later this week!

PSA for Elite Dangerous players–make sure you don’t have the Samsung Magician software running in your system tray when trying to play ED. The game will immediately minimize (or at least it used to).