Intel will ship all its solid-state drives with a free data-cloning tool, making the jump from disk storage to SSDs a snap and eliminating another excuse for delaying the switch.
All Intel solid-state drives will now ship with Intel data-migration software,
a set of hard-disk data transfer utilities, Acronis said Oct. 6.
Developed by Acronis, the easy-to-use utilities detect the system's old and
new drives and guide the user through the required steps to clone the old drive
to the new. Designed to be quick and simple, the data-migration software
transfers all the information from the old hard drive, including the operating system,
applications, documents and personal settings, Acronis said.
"As solid-state drives become more pervasive in the market, customers
will need a solution to migrate their data from their old hard drives to the
new SSDs," Izzy Azeri, vice president of business and corporate development
for Acronis, said in a statement.
The free software requires both the old drive and the new drive to be
present simultaneously. The new SSD
connected to the system via an external hard drive case or connector. Cloning
generally requires drives to be at least the same capacity. The Acronis tool
varies from a number of other products on the market in that the drive sizes
don't matter. The SSD just needs to be able to hold the amount of data currently
being stored on the old drive that is being copied over, Acronis said.
Once the drive is cloned, the old drive can be used as a backup drive for
the new SSD.
"The Intel data-migration software, powered by Acronis, makes the
process of migrating to Intel solid-state drives faster and easier for both
home and corporate users," said Troy Winslow, director of product
marketing, Intel NAND Solutions Group.
Cloning hard drives is a faster process than just copying files and can turn
a tedious hours-long process into one that takes just minutes, Acronis said.
The free hard-drive cloning tool is currently only for Intel solid-state
drives, the companies said. Existing Intel SSD
customers can download the Intel data-migration software from Intel's
Download Center site
The Intel data-migration software complements the SSD
, which Intel also offers free to its SSD customers. The SSD
Toolbox, announced last month, offers various drive-management utilities,
including the System Configuration Tuner, Secure Erase and SSD optimization
Intel SSD customers looking for a
full-featured backup and recovery solution will receive a promotional rate that
can be used toward an upgrade to the Acronic True Image 2011, the company's
disk-imaging tool. True Image protects and recovers all data on the computer,
including photos, videos, music, documents and applications.
Western Digital offers a free version of Acronis True Image software on its
There is also a server
version of True Image
, which allows IT administrators to create an exact
disk image of live servers for backup. The server version of the software
supports incremental backups and image verification. It also supports dynamic
disks and tape drives.
Acronis also offers a freely downloadable disk monitoring tool called Acronis
to all customers.