A longtime reader asked me to verify the easiest way to migrate from an obsolete hard drive to a new, shiny SSD: Is it to use the SSD migration tool included with the drive?
Yes. Yes it is. And it may even be able to help you if it doesn’t come with the drive.
Intel and Samsung allow you to download its SSD migration tool. So even if you buy a bare OEM drive that doesn’t even come with screws, let alone a CD, you can still download the tool and use it. It’s locked to the make of the SSD, but it doesn’t know or care whether it’s a retail or OEM drive.
An OEM drive won’t include a handy USB adapter to hold the SSD while you migrate–a must-have for a laptop migration–but you can get one of those for $6. Shipped.