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Upgrading to a Smaller SSD

November 22, 2010

The biggest hassle of upgrading our laptops to a Solid State Drive in place of their hard drives had been the need to reinstall Windows and all our applications. The SSDs are generally smaller than even laptop hard drives and Windows 7 disk imaging software will not let you restore a drive image to a smaller drive, even though the portion of the old drive that was actually used was much smaller than the new drive, e.g. you can’t restore a 40GB image from a 250GB hard drive to a 64GB SSD.

Intel has a utility that comes free with their SSDs that will transfer a disk image to a smaller SSD, but as Intel SSDs were about 50% more than the Kingston models I have used, I looked for another solution.

I found the Paragon Migrate OS to SSD application which accomplishes this task with little fanfare, but also for only $20. I used it in our latest SSD upgrade and it worked flawlessly within about one hour. $20 was a small price to pay to avoid an extra two plus hours of reinstallation work.

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