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Can you copy your OS from one HDD to another?

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April 15, 2014 8:08:38 PM

I've usually dealt with 1 HDD at a time but i'm building a new computer soon and I want to avoid spending another $100 on an OS or dealing with getting it through piratebay, can I insert the 2nd HDD into my first computer and copy the OS into there and then be good to go and avoid having to type CD keys or do I have to get another one

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April 15, 2014 8:22:34 PM

Technically, If your purpose of cloning is to replace a hard drive that has failed or running out of space, then cloning your system to new drive and replace the old drive within that computer is not an issue.

But in your case, that is an OS license violation and is not definitely tolerated and advised.
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April 15, 2014 8:25:51 PM

trekzone said:
Technically, If your purpose of cloning is to replace a hard drive that has failed or running out of space, then cloning your system to new drive and replace the old drive within that computer is not an issue.

But in your case, that is an OS license violation and is not definitely tolerated and advised.


I was going to use this HDD but it's slowly dying so I don't have an option, I never even owned the copy of the OS because it came in a pre-built computer and the OS was also pre-installed onto the HDD
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April 15, 2014 8:43:26 PM

tecks44 said:
I've usually dealt with 1 HDD at a time but i'm building a new computer soon and I want to avoid spending another $100 on an OS or dealing with getting it through piratebay, can I insert the 2nd HDD into my first computer and copy the OS into there and then be good to go and avoid having to type CD keys or do I have to get another one


Back up that operating system via external drive, or back it up while having a spare hdd installed and back it up.
Why not just go the extreme and partition 3 operating systems on one hard drive lol, or spead them out.
The worlds your oyster you just have to experiment on whats best.

Want apple, want ubantu, Linux distros (mint, puppy,)Wndows 7

Hell the oysters yours.
You can even go deeper, but I like to keep things simple. you could burn a copy of puppy and place it in your disk drive, it will access all data that was on failed hard drive for what ever reasons you need, yeah you can use the browser with puppy Linux, then when your finished it erases its self from your ram.

http://puppylinux.org/main/Download%20Latest%20Release....
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April 15, 2014 8:45:40 PM

Cloning the HDD from the original is easy with any of the cloning pgms available online ( http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/ )
But you will have to re-activate Windows eventually to continue to get updates. At that point you will have to prove to MS that you had a valid reason to use an OEM license on more than one machine.
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April 15, 2014 8:47:21 PM

clutchc said:
Cloning the HDD from the original is easy with any of the cloning pgms available online ( http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/ )
But you will have to re-activate Windows eventually to continue to get updates. At that point you will have to prove to MS that you had a valid reason to use an OEM license on more than one machine.


What you do in your house is your business, unless your running some business that demands a license.
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