AS SSD was until recently the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing. For the most part, AS SSD shows us “worst case scenario” SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data. Enthusiasts often prefer AS SSD for this reason, as they seek to see minimum performance as well as maximum performance. AS SSD also shows us if the partition being tested is aligned properly. AS SSD can be downloaded for free by clicking on the “AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.7” heading just above this paragraph.
After downloading AS SSD and letting it finish its test run, we get the above results screen. Take note of the upper left box with a heading of “Corsair Force LS SSD.” We see in green the two representations: the top one is the storage driver being used, and the bottom one is the primary storage partition.
As we can see, both are designated as “OK”, indicating proper alignment. If this were not the case, this would appear in red along with a “bad alignment” warning, also in red. At this point, we can now consider this operating system migration to be an unqualified success!
MIGRATION AS A BACKUP METHOD
Migration is also utilized by some more experienced users to create periodic complete backups of their operating system drive. If you have a spare SSD of similar or larger capacity, as you have seen demonstrated here , migration has become a relatively straightforward and uncomplicated process. Whatever your backup schedule is, even if it is best described as “intermittent”, there are some key points when an actual complete drive migration would be preferable to a standard backup. Anytime a significant update is installed, such as Windows every-second-Tuesday-of-the-month updates, is a key time that you might be better served with a complete system backup. Depending how often you run full system antivirus and malware scans, immediately following such a full run of both is an opportune time to do a fresh migration. Bear in mind that each and every time that you do a migration as a backup, make sure that you can boot from the migrated partition before you assume that you have a good backup.
The best possible scenario for using migration as a backup method is to an SSD that is identical to the source SSD. In a previous life, our second identical Samsung 830-Series 128GB SSD used to be paired with its twin brother in a RAID0 configuration. We eventually realized that the second identical SSD had far more value as a complete system backup rather than letting it try to coerce its twin brother into being a fellow speed demon.
As quick and simple as migration is with Paragon’s “Migrate OS to SSD” version 4.0 software, migration as a backup method just got a whole lot easier.
FINAL THOUGHTS AND CONCLUSION
The Paragon “Migrate OS to SSD” version 4.0 migration software has one significant advantage over most competing drive migration or imaging software. “Migrate OS to SSD” operates entirely within Windows, whereas Acronis TrueImage, Norton Ghost, and others operate outside of Windows. The ones that operate outside of Windows reboot into their own environment to facilitate migration of the partition(s). This equates to more steps and at least one additional reboot as compared to Paragon “Migrate OS to SSD.”
Now let’s talk about how much faster the Paragon “Migrate OS to SSD” is at having you migrated and booting from the newly-migrated operating system. Now that we are familiar with the process and the individual steps involved, we ran through the same migration a second time just as a pure elapsed time study.
This involved opening the software, waiting for it to analyze and identify the drives and operating systems, and begin to prompt us to choose our source and destination drives. After specifying to format the destination drive, the formatting and copying processes begin. Once the migration is complete, we then have to go into the motherboard BIOS and change the first boot option to be the destination drive. Finally we boot fully into the freshly-migrated operating system. Total elapsed time was a very impressive 9:10 — that’s nine minutes and ten seconds!
Paragon Software’s “Migrate OS to SSD” 4.0 is easily the most efficient and quickest operating system migration software we have used to date. We were a long-time Acronis TrueImage user, and have utilized variations of Acronis and Norton Ghost that come bundled with new SSDs, and have used Samsung’s own migration software numerous times. It just might be time to kick these to the curb. The ability to operate within the Windows operating system streamlines and accelerates the process significantly. Its “alignment aware” aspects keep our partition alignment concerns in check.
At the regular price of $19.95 for a single license, “Migrate OS to SSD” is an excellent value. At the current price of $11.95 for a single license, it is an absolute steal! Paragon Software’s “Migrate OS to SSD” 4.0 is totally deserving of our “Top Value” award!