I recently took the dive and purchased a 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD. It was a NewEgg sale, so I figured…why not? I also threw another 6GB of RAM into my rig, for a grand total of 12GB. Hey, sometimes I run several VMs at once, a man can dream he needs that much RAM.
Anyway, so I was torn between a fresh install of Win7 on the SSD and just migrating it. This is where trying to do things the “easy way” smacks me in the face again.
I heard of a program called “Paragon Migrate OS to SSD”. This thing can, apparently, let you custom create an image to transfer to your SSD. It’s supposed to be fully automated. It’s produced by a company based out of Germany called, you guessed it, Paragon. It costs about $20 and it struck me as being a good price to automate a migration. Boy, was I wrong.
I’m used to seeing programs that aren’t perfectly coded or presented, it comes with using open source stuff. Well, this wasn’t open source and it should have been my first clue that the product I was about to use was…iffy.
I defrag my HDD (it was at a shocking 23% fragmented…I was ashamed) and go about the business of shrinking down my programs to an acceptable size for the SSD. Then, last night, I set aside a few hours to migrate. Needless to say, a few support emails later I requested a refund.
The program would freeze, chew up CPU doing what appeared to be nothing, and throw random errors. Now, errors like “unable to read file” or “invalid parameter” might be things you expect to see in a program that’s designed to hot copy OS files. Not so much. To copy these files it threw a request to restart and re-ran itself prior to the OS loading. After it threw these errors, it froze which resulted in me having to hard restart. I was disappointed.
Support, which I have to admit responded in a shockingly quick 7 hours, told me to run CHKDSK and SFC /SCANNOW…general troubleshooting when you’re dealing with a file system. He also issued me a service copy of the program, insisting that would work. If not, just ask for a refund. It’s never, ever good when the first support email concludes with offering a refund.
Anyhow, now I’m burning a Win7 ISO and backing up my personal files. It’s something I knew I should have done in the first place. I guess I just needed a reminder that when you need something done right the first time just do it yourself.