Solved

Hard Drive Cloning

I recently purchased a laptop and it come with Windows 8.1 and a 1tb 5400RPM drive. I wanted to upgrade the drive to a SSD or a 7200RPM drive. I was wondering if I will lose my license/activation of Windows. I will be putting cloned drive in the same laptop and keeping the old one as a backup.
Since this is a fresh install of Windows and I only uninstalled some bloatware i only use up around 40GB. Would I still be able to clone the 1tb drive to a 120gb ssd? I will be putting both drives in a desktop and will use a cloning software.
This is the drive I'm considering getting. As of this time, the drive is $150 off.
2 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about hard drive cloning
  1. Best answer
    You will be fine license-wise. The only thing that will invalidate the OEM license will be a MB change. And Win8 has even changed that to allow the OS to be used on 3 machines (but not at the same time). In your case, that isn't an issue.

    I just did the same thing with my Thinkpad and Win7. It had a 320GB HDD. I used my desktop to clone the HDD to the SSD using http://www.easeus.com/download/tbf-download.html
    Be sure to follow this tweaking guide when you're done to improve SSD performance and keep it from writing itself to an early death: http://www.howtogeek.com/97242/how-to-migrate-windows-7-to-a-solid-state-drive/

    If you are using a commercial cloning program like the ones that come with the SSD, the twaeks may already be done for you.
  2. clutchc said:
    You will be fine license-wise. The only thing that will invalidate the OEM license will be a MB change. And Win8 has even changed that to allow the OS to be used on 3 machines (but not at the same time). In your case, that isn't an issue.

    I just did the same thing with my Thinkpad and Win7. It had a 320GB HDD. I used my desktop to clone the HDD to the SSD using http://www.easeus.com/download/tbf-download.html
    Be sure to follow this tweaking guide when you're done to improve SSD performance and keep it from writing itself to an early death: http://www.howtogeek.com/97242/how-to-migrate-windows-7-to-a-solid-state-drive/

    If you are using a commercial cloning program like the ones that come with the SSD, the twaeks may already be done for you.


    Thanks! I seem to have forgotten to put a link to the drive I;m getting. This is it. http://www.ncix.com/detail/wd-black-dual-drive-2-5-b8-92417-1297.htm
    Is this fine.?
Ask a new question

Read More

Laptops Storage Hard Drives Windows 8