I have to say that, other than occasional power management quirks, I love the Intel developer Ultrabook. I'm migrating to it as my go-to laptop and rarely fire up my beloved Lenovo W500 any more.
But I filled the SSD up fast and need to upgrade. So I got a Sandisk 256 GB SSD, hooked it up to an external drive adapter and set about migrating the existing SSD over to it.
Or so I thought. After spending around $100 on three different utilities, and trying numerous free ones, I cannot get a successful clone. AOEMI Partition Assistant Pro did a good job with its Migration utility (although I was stunned at how slowly it ran), but even though everything was copied over, the new SSD does not show as bootable. I am unable to find a utility that will resolve this. I tried a migration tool from Paragon (http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/migrate-OS-to-SSD/ ) that was much faster than AOEMI's and no luck there either... even though Paragon swears on their website that it will do the job. Low-level cloning tools have also failed to create a bootable drive.
I'm being told by friends that this is an impossible task, that Windows 8 + UEFI will not allow anyone to completely clone one drive to another. So are Paragon and others guilty of false advertising? Am I stuck with having to install an OS and reinstall all of my apps and files from scratch?
If I have to do the latter, it can't be done from the Ultrabook apparently: I am unable to boot from any external drive (thumb, CD, etc). None are recognized by the Ultrabook as a boot device.
Very frustrated here. I can't believe this task is so difficult or even impossible... has anyone pulled this off?