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Cloning a HDD to a new one. Will I have to buy Windows again?

I have a HP Pavilion Dv6000. I have been noticing that the HDD has been crashing too often. So I have decided to clone it. But there's a problem. If i clone it, will i have to buy windows again because i have the product key behind the laptop but i do not have the disk for windows.
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  1. If you cloan Windows you will NOT have to buy Windows again!
    Cloaning is NOT recommended at all.
    Moving an OS that may have problem to another HDD will just cause even more problems.
    In most cases cloaned drives will have errors and not work right.
    The best way to go is a clean install. In that case you will have to buy Windows again.

    The tutorials may help you:

    http://www.maximumpc.com/how_clone_hard_drive_or_ssd_2014

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421302,00.asp
  2. Best answer
    Ammar Mirza said:
    I have a HP Pavilion Dv6000. I have been noticing that the HDD has been crashing too often. So I have decided to clone it. But there's a problem. If i clone it, will i have to buy windows again because i have the product key behind the laptop but i do not have the disk for windows.


    No, however....

    You're wanting to clone a potentially corrupt install from one drive to another. Depending on exactly what is wrong, you might well be just moving the problem from one hard drive to another.

    Figure out why it is crashing before just moving the problem.
  3. USAFRet said:
    Ammar Mirza said:
    I have a HP Pavilion Dv6000. I have been noticing that the HDD has been crashing too often. So I have decided to clone it. But there's a problem. If i clone it, will i have to buy windows again because i have the product key behind the laptop but i do not have the disk for windows.


    No, however....

    You're wanting to clone a potentially corrupt install from one drive to another. Depending on exactly what is wrong, you might well be just moving the problem from one hard drive to another.

    Figure out why it is crashing before just moving the problem.


    I know its not a software thing because a few weeks ago i dropped my laptop from a fairly high height while it was running. So i think its probably a hardware thing
  4. Ammar Mirza said:


    I know its not a software thing because a few weeks ago i dropped my laptop from a fairly high height while it was running. So i think its probably a hardware thing



    Cloning from one drive to another is an exact copy of the original drive contents.
    Cloning a known broken drive to a new one carries all the broken crap that can't be read from the original.

    Cloning does not 'fix' things.
  5. USAFRet said:
    Ammar Mirza said:


    I know its not a software thing because a few weeks ago i dropped my laptop from a fairly high height while it was running. So i think its probably a hardware thing



    Cloning from one drive to another is an exact copy of the original drive contents.
    Cloning a known broken drive to a new one carries all the broken crap that can't be read from the original.

    Cloning does not 'fix' things.


    I plan on to clone it so i get Windows atleast and then if i do a system format. I dont think ill have to worry too much then?
  6. Ammar Mirza said:
    USAFRet said:
    Ammar Mirza said:


    I know its not a software thing because a few weeks ago i dropped my laptop from a fairly high height while it was running. So i think its probably a hardware thing



    Cloning from one drive to another is an exact copy of the original drive contents.
    Cloning a known broken drive to a new one carries all the broken crap that can't be read from the original.

    Cloning does not 'fix' things.


    I plan on to clone it so i get Windows atleast and then if i do a system format. I dont think ill have to worry too much then?


    Completely unknown. I would simply do a full reinstall on the new hard drive (Assuming the hard drive is the only problem after a dropped laptop)

    You have the product key. Assuming this is Windows 7, you can download the official ISO file from here:
    http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

    Download, burn a DVD, install, activate with the key on the laptop.
  7. USAFRet said:
    Ammar Mirza said:
    USAFRet said:
    Ammar Mirza said:


    I know its not a software thing because a few weeks ago i dropped my laptop from a fairly high height while it was running. So i think its probably a hardware thing



    Cloning from one drive to another is an exact copy of the original drive contents.
    Cloning a known broken drive to a new one carries all the broken crap that can't be read from the original.

    Cloning does not 'fix' things.


    I plan on to clone it so i get Windows atleast and then if i do a system format. I dont think ill have to worry too much then?


    Completely unknown. I would simply do a full reinstall on the new hard drive (Assuming the hard drive is the only problem after a dropped laptop)

    You have the product key. Assuming this is Windows 7, you can download the official ISO file from here:
    http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

    Download, burn a DVD, install, activate with the key on the laptop.


    But i dont think we can use the same key twice
  8. Ammar Mirza said:


    But i dont think we can use the same key twice


    In the same laptop, with the same motherboard, yes you can.
    At worst, you'll have to activate via the phone robot at MS.

    Broken hardware does not require new software purchase.
  9. USAFRet said:
    Ammar Mirza said:


    But i dont think we can use the same key twice


    In the same laptop, with the same motherboard, yes you can.
    At worst, you'll have to activate via the phone robot at MS.

    Broken hardware does not require new software purchase.


    just in case can you give me a link to the phone robot thing
  10. Ammar Mirza said:
    USAFRet said:
    Ammar Mirza said:


    But i dont think we can use the same key twice


    In the same laptop, with the same motherboard, yes you can.
    At worst, you'll have to activate via the phone robot at MS.

    Broken hardware does not require new software purchase.


    just in case can you give me a link to the phone robot thing


    If the online activation fails, you should be presented with a screen giving you the phone number.
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