Hard drive specialist O&O Software has released a free license for its labs-based O&O SSD Migration Kit. The program is a straightforward tool which makes it easy to migrate your system partition from a regular hard drive to an SSD.
You could of course do something similar with many hard drive copying tools, but the SSD Migration Kit does have a couple of advantages. In particular, it makes sure that your partition is properly aligned on the SSD, which, the company say, can improve SSD write speed by as much as 40% when compared with a misaligned drive. And the program also allows you to exclude unwanted files from the copy, useful if your SSD doesn’t have the space to hold all the files on your system partition.
On its first launch, the migration kit will prompt you for a user name and licence number. O&O say that you should enter OOLABS in both the Name and Company fields, before pasting JKD1-0SC3-V242-3L4H-1ZW3 into the Licence box. Which should be enough to properly licence the program.
And after that the Migration Kit essentially works much like a wizard, where you choose the source partition, then the destination drive, decide what you’d like to copy, then leave the program to do its work. So you shouldn’t find it at all difficult to use.
This is probably just as well, though, as there’s no local help provided with the program, and clicking the Help icon just opens a browser window with a “Page not found” error. It’s hard to complain when it’s free, but there’s plainly still scope for misunderstandings here, so we’d recommend you treat the migration kit with caution, and don’t carry out any operations unless you’re sure they’re reversible (for example, by making a backup copy of whatever data you might be migrating).
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk