Things You Never Thought You Needed to Know – SSD System Migration Chapter

Class is back in session!

The older the HDD, the slower it becomes. How many of us can identify with this?

The quick fix? Get an SSD!

However, let’s all face it, how many of us are daunted by just the thought of having to reinstall countless software onto the new hard drive.

This time, BIOSTAR Blog is back with another quick classroom session with a quick trick for us: how to migrate your system WITHOUT reinstallation.


Yep, that’s right. NO reinstallations. NONE at all. You can thank us later.

In this case, we will be using the BIOSTAR G300 Series 480G SSD in our demonstration.


Benefits of Mounting the Operating System on an SSD

Before we go into how to do it, let’s talk about the whys: why we should upgrade to using an SSD, and why we should install the OS on SSDs.

1) In the traditional mechanical hard drive, it has been proven to be more prone to damage and it is easier to lose precious data. In the case of the BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD, it is designed to be more damage-resistant, more resistant to temperature changes, and is also able to absorb shock more than traditional HDD. The data stored on the disks are also not as easy to lose and there are generally no problems with the disk.


2) The read/write speed. The traditional mechanical hard drive has an access speed of about 40-50M / S. Ordinary SSDs easily outpace the HDDs, reaching speeds of 160-200M / S. The BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD can hit about 10% higher speeds than other ordinary SSDs.


3. Upon starting your OS, you will need to read data from the system disk before the computer boots up. The speed is limited during this process. However, if you use a solid-state disk as a system disk, this access speed is much faster, which increases the booting speed.


Prep Work: Wiring Up the BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD

To back up our claim of the lack of reinstallation required in system migration, we will be providing pictures of our demonstration process. In this test platform, the system has been installed with a variety of test software, games and application software.

Using the old method, one will have to reinstall the system, then reinstall the software, before downloading the game port and reinstall. Our engineers had to take an entire day doing that, and it’s not like you can leave it alone either and so you’ll need to be staring at it for an entire day.


Starting the Migration Process

The usual practice is to install the system directly to the SSD, but after doing so, you will also need to re-install a lot of programs for the system. In order to avoid the trouble of reinstalling the system and in the interest of time, you will need to use the system migration tool.

1) Download the partition assistant from here to access the main page. Select Migrate System to SSD. The following dialog box appears. Click “Next”.


3) Select your SSD’s unused space and click “Next”.


3) In this window, you can edit the relevant information pertaining to your SSD (including size, location, and drive). Usually we keep to the default settings. After doing so, hit “Next”.


4. After reading the terms and conditions, click “Finish” to return to the main interface.


5) In the partition assistant’s main interface under the waiting column, you will be able to change or save your operation. Click “Submit” in the upper left corner of the main interface, and complete the migration of your SSD system according to the prompts of the partition assistant.


6) After the migration using the partition assistant, your computer will automatically restart. After the migration, you need to set your computer boot order: boot from the SSD hard drive system. In the case of BIOSTAR’s motherboards, you’ll need to press F9 toselect the boot device.

Time Required Using this Method?

This is probably what’s in your mind right now.

The great reveal: 15 Minutes (for the record, we had more than 200 GB of data in the HDD).

Sure, 15 minutes may seem like a long time, buy HEY it’s so much faster as compared to A WHOLE DAY using the old method.

Those put back by the long migration time, does this post suddenly make you itch to get a new SSD? 😛

Do we hear words of thanks? You’re welcome.

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