13 Replies Latest reply on Jun 3, 2011 8:21 PM by DuckieHo

    Data migration and disk partitions.


      I just recently bought an Intel SSD, 320 series 120 GB.  I plan on using Intel's data migration to make the switch from my old HDD. However one thing I am not sure about is how the data migration software is going to handle my current HDD's partitions. I have three partitions in total, I dual boot XP on two of these partitions, and the third is just there for random storage.


      My current HDD is 320 GB, here is the sizes for each partition:


      Partition 1 - 136 GB (29 GB used)

      Partition 2 - 171 GB (14 GB used)

      Partition 3 - 12 GB (3 GB used)


      So how exactly does the data migration handle partitions?  Obviously due to the size of my HDD and the smaller size of the SSD, it won't be able to make a direct clone of the space allocated for each partition.  So will I be able to choose how much GB each partition gets on the SSD, or it is all automatic?


      Also how are the drive letters handled?  Do they remain the same after the clone?


      Appreciate the help.

        • 1. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

          Come on, anybody?  I got my drive today and will likely be installing it tonight.  What am I to do about my partitions?  Because even if the data migration software can handle the partitions and shrink them to scale, I want to modify the size manually since I originally allotted way too much for one of the partitions.

          • 2. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

            Well, thanks to all the wonderful help i have received on this forum (yes, that is sarcasm people) I have answered my own question.  Since nobody was willing to help, or just did not know, I did everything the hard way. Which was basically backing up my entire system to another HDD and then adjusting my partitions on my main HDD to accommodate the size of the SSD using EASEUS Partition Master.


            Long story short, YES there is options in the Intel data migration software that allows for adjusting partition size. Basically when you start the software and click the 'Start Now' button you get two options.  One is the automatic guided approach, and the other is the manual approach which lets you adjust the partitions to your liking.  This manual approach might be missed easily, but it is labeled 'Clone Wizard' on the bottom left of the main 'Start Now' procedure screen.  Once you enter the clone wizard you go through a few steps and then you can adjust your partition size on the second to last step. They don't make it obvious, but if you right-click on the drives (in the second to last step) you can click 'Edit' which allows for custom partition sizing.


            So yeah, if you have multiple partitions and would like to resize them manually with the Intel Migration Software, it can be done.  And just for anybody wondering, I am dual-booting XP with my two partitions (reduced from three to save on GB's) with no problems at all on my new Intel 320 series 120GB SSD. .


            Anywho, I hope somebody finds this info useful sometime in the future. As there was NO info on this when I started searching. And obviously this forum is USELESS for any real help.


            EDIT: BTW, drive letters are identical after the clone.

            • 3. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

              Answered my own question since this forum is so unbelievably useless.  Well done Intel.

              • 4. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                Hi, Im sorry you havent had any help on here but your post has been helpfull for me as a first time SSD purchaser. You say you can dual boot but have you tried running the Intel SSD Toolbox Optimizer to manually TRIM your drives ? I had read somewhere else that if it detects you have 2 partitions that are bootable you won't be able to run the Optimizer which I find stupid.


                Thanks for your time.



                • 5. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                  The Intel Optimizer that executes TRIM works great, I haven't had any problems with my XP dual boot setup yet.  In fact when you start the Optimizer it shows all of your computers disks and partitions, whatever ones that are on the Intel SSD will be blue, and you can run TRIM on both of them from one partition if you like, either manually or by scheduling.


                  Intel recommends running the Optimizer once a week, however I have mine scheduled to run on both SSD partitions daily.

                  • 6. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                    Hey, ITPython


                    In spite of my frustration I had to laugh...u'rs was the first post I read after coming here when I couldn't use the  migration utility...I mean, who the hell buys 500+ GB SSD drives???...all most folks want to do is probably move their C:\ drive over...


                    After installing the utility & using the manual function, I find out that the tool can only move the entire 200GB used space of my 500GB HHD onto my 80GB Intel320...I can't just migrate the 40GB that's on C:\  ?#?$*!!!


                    OK...so much for the rant...I'm off to search for answers...


                    btw...I don't think I can use u'r method...as I want to keep the C:\ on the HHD (or merge it), reletter it & make the SSD the new C:\


                    time for a beer(s)....

                    • 7. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                      color me silly for thinking a great sounding tool like "Intel data migration s/w" would solve problems as discussed above...


                      Should have ignored the marketing & just gone with a goggle search instead of spending time here at Intel..


                      ... haven't finnished reading all of it, but this looks like it will do the trick >



                      • 8. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                        The manual would have answered your questions: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/19324/eng/Intel%C2%AE%20Data%20Migration%20Software%20Help.pdf


                        When in doubt, check the manual. 

                        • 9. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                          Not working for me, even after looking at the manual... I select Manual clone mode; choose my source disk; choose my destination disk; then at the Move method step it just says "Cloning operation cannot continue because the source disk contains more data than will fit..."


                          I've tried right-clicking on the disk and going into disk properties to just select C:, but it isn't working for me.


                          (I'm trying to move a 36GB C: partition to a 120GB Intel 510 SSD.  The full original disk is 1TB, so obviously it won't fit)   The manual does imply that I can do this (around page 17, manual relayout) but those options don't show up in my install.    I just downloaded the data migration software and chose the default install.


                          I'm underwhelmed by the quality of the migration software.  This should be as easy as falling off a log, and indeed, it was when I did it last month moving an 80GB laptop disk to a 120GB ssd.

                          • 10. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                            I guess the Migration software is incapable of cloning only one partition off the source disk.  Instead of using the Intel migration software, use a program like EASEUS todo backup, which has a partition clone option for cloning and transferring specific partitions off a source disk.  EASEUS is also free for the basic version, which should have the partition clone option.



                            • 11. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                              It's not free, but the best tool I have seen is Paragon Migrate. It will migrate the OS and align it also, $19.95  http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/

                              • 12. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                                Buddy, EASEUS todo backup IS free for the basic version (which has more than you would expect). If you would have actually clicked the link the first thing on the page says FREE FREE FREE (not in the particular order mind you). They have several paid versions, but the free version is quite robust, I have been using it for a while and it works great (I just recently started a 15-day trial on the Pro version cause I wanted scheduled incremental backups).

                                • 13. Re: Data migration and disk partitions.

                                  Did you resize the partion before moving it with the Intel (licensed from Acronis) Migration Tool?


                                  I would be surprised if it could not move partition..... I was able to resize and move a partition myself.