Paragon Migrate OS To SSD V.4 System Migration Software Review And Tutorial

The number of times that we migrate systems for test purposes can be somewhat mind-boggling, when considering that we have tested just about every SSD in existence today.  The main staple for this activity has been Paragon’s Migrate OS to SSD for as long as I can remember, and Paragon has just released Version 4.0 of this software, sending us a copy for use once again.  We think Paragon is definitely worthy of a detailed report, so follow along as we walk you through the migration process in system migration from a 128 to 240GB SSD.

 The Paragon “Migrate OS to SSD” version 4.0 is available for only $11.95 at the time of publication direct from Paragon Software.  Version 4.0 adds compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.  A new user-friendly interface is compatible with Windows 8’s tile-oriented interface.

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A link to this tutorial will also reside in its own discussion thread in our discussion forums.  If you have questions or concerns about the tutorial, or about your own unique situation or experience, by all means jump over to our forums and ask away.  We are proud to have as forum participants many highly-experienced users who are quite generous with their assistance.

INTRODUCTION

For those of us involved in the technology industry who test and review computer hardware on a regular basis, and for IT professionals, the ability to quickly migrate an operating system partition to another drive is a valuable tool.  Between testing a particular drive in multiple hardware configurations, testing multiple drives in a particular hardware configuration,  or IT support repairing or replacing desktops, operating system migration offers a significantly quicker alternative to doing a fresh installation every time.  As  frequently as this need arises, the cumulative time savings is huge.

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In today’s world, SSD migration is more important to the consumer than ever.  If you are upgrading from an HDD to an SSD, or upgrading an existing SSD to one of larger capacity or superior performance, migration offers a speedy alternative to a fresh installation of the operating system.  Bear in mind that a “fresh” install is generally the preferred and recommended method, but migration is steadily gaining traction as its reliability continues to improve.  Migration can also be used as a periodic backup method, but we’ll cover that towards the end of this report

When it comes to migrating an operating system to an SSD, one of the most critical factors is to be able to maintain precise alignment of the source partition and the destination partition.  Using Paragon’s “Migrate OS to SSD” version 4.0 completely eliminates any alignment concerns.  We will demonstrate toward the end of this review how the migration software was able to create a properly aligned partition.

PREPARING FOR MIGRATION

If you have the capability, it is a good idea to create a backup of your current operating system drive before proceeding.  If you are migrating from one brand of SSD to a different brand of SSD, and have installed on your  original SSD that  manufacturer’s drive management software, you will likely want to uninstall it (either before or after migration) as it will no longer be needed.  Examples of such software are Samsung’s Magician, OCZ Toolbox, Intel SSD Toolbox, Corsair SSD Toolbox and others.  You can always download and install the new SSD manufacturer’s own drive management software after the migration is complete.

Corsair SSD Toolbox

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Bob2701

Thanks for a great review.

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Thanks for a great review, without which I probably would be sitting pondering over how to approach for a lot longer. Your review shed light on all (for me) relevant topics, plus ended research for software alternatives.

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I have a source HDD that’s bigger than the destination SSD. I know the software can handle that, since all the data fits on the new SSD. The SSD will simply have a smaller partition with less free space. But I have a question: In the migration process, will the Paragon software shrink the source partition? Also, does it really change the drive letters of the source partition, as seen in your screenshots? I’d prefer if either of these didn’t happen. Just in case something goes wrong I’d like to be able to boot from the original HDD with NOTHING… Read more »

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Yes it will shrink the partitions proportionally to fit on the SSD, but no changes are made to the partition sizes on the source HDD. If 1% of the original HDD’s space was for system reserved, and the O/S partition was 30% full and 69% free space, the SSD will have the same percentages used. Yes, it will change the drive letters to have whichever drive you are booting from be the ‘C’ drive. If after migration, you still want to boot from your old HDD, pick the HDD in your BIOS to boot from, and it will again show… Read more »

Nushi
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Nushi

Thank you so much for this information! Going to pull the trigger in a few minutes 🙂

Nushi
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Nushi

Worked like a charm, and faster than I could have imagined! Definitely worth the couple of euros I paid.

Les@TheSSDReview
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Excellent…my personal fav program!

renosablast
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renosablast

The speed with which it completes the migration is what impresses me about it too. Glad you pulled the trigger and it worked well!

SonomaMike
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SonomaMike

Does the Paragon software take care of the TRIM situation on the drive being migrated to?

How_delightful
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How_delightful

I bought the Samsung Pro SSD and cloned my Windows 7 x64 to my Athlon 64 and it boots up in under 30 seconds now. The software is free with Samsung SSD`s.