Hello everyone. I'm back. The v2.0 in the title is for the fact that I had a very similar problem to this one 2 years ago that I posted about here when I was migrating my Windows 8 from the installed HDD to a Samsung 830 256 GB SSD.
I realized I needed some more space on my SSD so I just went and bought myself a Christmas present in the form of a Samsung 850 Pro SSD 512 GB. I was pretty confident that this was gonna be easier this time around, but it turns out it's not.
Admittedly the solution to the problem will probably come from Samsung rather than you guys, but I am gonna post my story here and see if we can come up with a solution.
Here's what I have done so far:
1) Installed the Samsung Migration software from the CD that came with the new SSD.
2) Booted up the program.
3) Selected the Samsung 830 as my source disk.
4) Connected the 850 Pro via a SATA-USB cable, and selected the 850 Pro as the target disk in the program.
5) Started the migration/cloning program.
6) It gets to 99% and then pops up with the error code 400110 [061aee].
Okay... so I attempt to look up this error code online, and the only place I could find error codes for Samsung Migration software is here, under "What should I do when the Data Migration Error code appears?" Of course, this error code isn't listed.
I find a place where it says the source disk needs 20% space free in order for the software to work properly. So I transfer enough random things to a USB so I have enough free space on my source disk. I try this entire thing again, and it gets stuck at the same error code.
So I attempt to live chat with Samsung customer service, who gives me a number for another customer service for SSDs because this is too specific of a problem for live chat. Unfortunately again, their office is closed for the holidays. Perfect.
At this point I start looking for alternate migration programs. I am looking for a FREE program, because I already paid $300+ for this new SSD. Here is the official forum post about migrating the OS, which was inspired by the thread I had created and all the discussion there. Unfortunately again the free version that Paragon offered (and I had successfully used 2 years ago) no longer exists. So my question is this: what is the best free migration software I can use to migrate my Windows 8.1 OS to my new, bigger SSD?
Edit: I have tried EaseUS and was unable to successfully run that properly. Now I am trying Macrium Reflect (free edition) and I can't seem to get the program to expand the C: drive to take up the remaining empty space. It just wants to copy over the 203 GB C: and do nothing with a 258 GB unused space.
Edit 2: Nevermind, the dragging to take up new space must be done sequentially in the program. I am starting to copy now.
Edit 3: Macrium Reflect cloning was completed. I chose not to copy over the recovery partition, because I don't want it because I am just going to create a clone of my 512 GB drive on my external (which was really my original HDD in the laptop) as backup. I swapped SSDs and upon booting it... didn't work. I got a blue screen and error code 0xc0000225. Next plan: I think I will just try to make another copy WITH the recovery drive to see if that works. That's 20 GB, 4% of my drive, rendered useless. *sigh*