With all due respect, it is not true that the Acronis data migration software won't work over a USB connection. I have successfully used cheap, noname USB to SATA adapters to migrate data with the Intel/Acronis data migration software multiple times. The only requirement is that the controller does not mask the drive device ID to the OS. More info here: External USB enclosures that are compatible with Intel® Data Migration Software
The USB-to-SATA cable only comes included if you purchased the laptop upgrade kit, ie the largest retail box (right-most in the video), which is not carried by any retailer in my country. Just go to a computer cable shop and get any USB-SATA cable, should work fine.
Great, glad to hear that! If I'm wrong, I want to know, no need to worry about that.
That clears up a few questions I had about this software and USB to SATA adapters. As you said, the masking or not passing the device ID is the the issue with the Acronis/Intel software, as Intel provides it free to owners of their SSDs. I've seen complaints about it in the past, and did not know that some external USB enclosures will work correctly.
I think the key thing here is enclosure, since the last complaint I recall was by someone using an adapter cable of some kind, which either did not have the appropriate electronics in it, or did not follow the correct protocol. Then again, all enclosures don't work either.
Personally, I've never used a USB to SATA enclosure for cloning an OS, since I prefer to do a fresh installation, and I'm not a laptop owner. Also, I have eSATA ports on my cases, so I don't use USB for that purpose.
I couldn't find any product information for a 330 SSD with an adapter cable on Intel's site, but may have missed it.
OK. Got myself a Vantek enclosure. Had to settle with model NST-260SU since the one listed on the Intel link provided by oken was unavailable (model MRK-250ST). I give it a go. I actually get to the point where the migration software installation completes successfully for the first time since my Intel SSD was not recognized when using my other USB enclosure and so the software just wouldn't install.
I start up the migration software and it does everything it needs to do to get ready for cloning my HDD to my SSD, and I am prompted to reboot my laptop for the cloning process to continue. I do so and get to the point where my HDD partitions get analysed, and then... I get “Error: drive not found”!
Got everything to work!
I was able to clone my original HDD by reversing the two USB connectors of the enclosure.
Since I have a dual boot system (Windows 7 and Kubuntu 11.10), I was unable to boot from the SSD immediately after the cloning. Used a little piece of wonderful software called Boot_Repair on a bootable CD to get the GRUB Launcher reinstalled as it was before the drive cloning. I can now boot in either Windows 7 or Kubuntu. Applied the Intel "Speed Demon" sticker on my laptop.
Have a great day!
I think it is outrageous that no proper cable is included for migration on a laptop.
1) The box says "for desktop and mobile systems".
2) The INSTRUCTION MANUAL show the picture of a USB-to-SATA cable.
It has been 2 years since the first post on this thread and INTEL still sells boxes without the proper cable and no warning on the box or in the description for any on line store I could find.
The promotional material makes it seems like you have everything you need to migrate in the box. This is misleading. Quite frankly I don't care paying 5$ more if it saves quite a few hours.
Would someone from Intel PLEASE provide a link to some generic cables?
OR, someone NOT from Intel?
Indeed, this is ludicrous.
Although Intel does not endorse a product does not mean that it won't work just fine.
I bought mine to install in my laptop to replace the original HDD.
I have no interest in purchasing/using a separate enclosure.
The picture/graphic on the box shows a cable.
Please provide a p/n.