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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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.
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.