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

PARAGON MIGRATE OS TO SSD IN ACTION

Our migration today will use as the source disk a Samsung 830-series 128GB SSD.  It has been recently backed up to an identical Samsung 830-series 128GB SSD.  We have uninstalled Samsung’s migration software and the Samsung Magician software.  The source drive is ready for migration.

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Our destination drive is a Corsair Force LS Series 240GB SSD, which we recently reviewed here.  Above we see Disk Management’s diagram of the drive partitions.  In the top row, we see the primary partition of a little over 107GB (the 11.9GB partition to the right is for overprovisioning), and the small “system reserved” partition.

The second row shows a single partition of 223.57GB.  Corsair uses a default amount of 7% of available drive capacity for overprovisioning.  Subtracting the 16.4GB / 7% from the 240GB raw capacity leaves us with the 223.57GB of usable storage.

INSTALLING THE PARAGON MIGRATE OS TO SSD SOFTWARE

The Paragon “Migrate OS to SSD” version 4.0 software is downloaded from Paragon Software here.  When you purchase the product, you will receive by e-mail your product key and serial number.  When you download the software, choose the “run” option.  The first screen you will see will be the product key and serial number entry screen.

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Enter the Product Key (which can be copied and pasted), then enter the serial number in the four lower blocks and click “OK”.

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After your product key and serial number are authenticated, you will see the above screen, which states “To continue, click “Next””.

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This brings us to the inevitable end-user license agreement screen.  Click the upper button to accept the license terms, and then “Next” to continue.

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Next we receive a “Customer Information” screen.  Entering any info into the “User Name” and “Organization” fields is entirely optional, but we need to pay attention to the two buttons toward the bottom of this screen.  If there is more than one user account on the computer you are installing this software on, you will likely want to select the second “Only for me” option.  Access to this software by inexperienced users is NOT recommended.  Click on the lower button “Only for me”, then click “Next” to continue.

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The next screen shows the destination folder that the install wizard will install the software to.  The default location is fine; click “Next” to continue.

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Now we see the “Ready to install the Program” screen.  This is your last chance to go back and make any changes, or to bail on the install!  Click “Install” to proceed.

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“The InstallShield Wizard has successfully installed Paragon Migrate OS to SSD 4.0. Click “Finish” to exit the wizard.”  Now that we have our migration software installed, let’s get right to the actual migration!

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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.

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