SSD drives have finally become affordable and more reliable than they used to be. Partly this was sure helped by the price boost of the traditional hard-disks manufactured in Thailand (I think everybody still reminds the floods from the summer of 2011). The competition helped the development of innovative solutions and after 4 years since their mass-consumption breakthrough they have managed to become a standard on ultrabooks and premium laptops.
Because the price / GB of the classic mechanical hard-disk was so low (as low as US$0.05 per GB for 3.5 inch drives and US$0.10 per GB for 2.5 inch drives), producers started to offer larger drives for the same money. Unfortunately SSD technologies cannot and probably will not evolve the same way due to memory degradations once the chip size decreases. In particular this led to higher prices for the same disk size, making SSDs more attractive for boot / OS drives instead of plain storage ones.
Migrating a current OS installation usually has to take into consideration that the SSD destination disk might not be able to fully accommodate the previously stored data. The following paragraphs will describe what solutions can be employed in order to successfully migrate an Ubuntu installation (or any other Linux distribution) to a SSD drive.