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Excellent SSDs; Questionable Cloning Software 12/29/2013
● Samsung currently makes what are probably the best consumer-grade SSDs.
● The Samsung Magician software offers some of the most useful utilities of any manufacturer
● The performance is beyond outstanding
● The pricing is competitive
The included "Data Migration" software appears to have issues.
I am writing this review with some reluctance as I do not wish (and do not intend) for my observations to cast a shadow on the excellent Samsung SSDs, themselves. I believe Samsung to be the finest consumer-grade SSDs currently available.
This review (and my "1 Egg" score) is limited strictly to the Samsung "Data Migration" cloning software.
As noted in other reviews, the Data Migration software does not always do a perfect job of cloning the source drive. Newegg currently identifies "30 similar statements" to what I will observe below, so I am not the only one experiencing these issues.
I recently -- 12/20/13 -- posted a review praising the EVO 250 SSD but noted that although the included Data Migration software copied my C partition, it failed to copy the "Factory Restore" D partition. Additionally, I also noted that when I installed the cloned drive my graphics card driver had become corrupted and had to be reinstalled (it was - and still is - fine on the source drive).
Since that time, I have also found that on three separate computers (different brands), the drives cloned with Data Migration software (although they did boot up and run) would not allow me to create a System Image backup. I got a message (on all three) reading: "The backup failed. There is not enough disk space to create the volume...".
Counter intuitively, this message is **NOT** referring to lack of space on an external backup drive (mine has over 800 gigs free), but points to an issue with the cloned drive. The problem appears to be due to an unwarranted expansion of the System Reserved volume size brought about by a corruption in the Change Journal system -- on the Data Migration cloned drives.
In all three cases, I (re)cloned the original source drives (to the Samsung SSDs) using Apricorn EZ-Gig and all three times the clones turned out perfect (no corrupted drivers, copied the D partitions) and allowed me to create System Images with no issues.
As previously noted, all three SSDs cloned with Samsung's Data Migration software did boot up OK, so it is quite possible that numerous others who have not yet tried to create a System Image backup of their "Data Migration cloned drives" might experience this problem.
I have been told that Samsung people read these reviews. So I would ask them to look into the issues I have outlined above.
I currently own 4 Samsung Pro SSDs and 1 EVO in various computers and they are the best performing SSDs I have ever installed. I had not run into the issues mentioned earlier because the first few times I installed Samsung SSDs, I used EZ-Gig to clone the source drives to the Samsungs. Only recently have I tried/used the Samsung Data Migration software.
Do not allow the above review of Samsung's "Data Migration" software to prejudice you against purchasing a Samsung SSD. I highly recommend them and will purchase more in the future. I would also, however, recommend using Apricorn EZ-Gig (a free download), or some other cloning software you trust, to copy your source drive to the Samsung.
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