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Do i need to buy a OS when having a hard drive cloned?

by dt312013 / February 25, 2014 1:26 PM PST

I am wanting to clone the contents on my current hard drive to a new hard drive. I will probably have a PC tech do it for me. But they told me I have to provide a OS for the new hard drive. My current drive has an OS of course, so i was wondering why i need to buy an OS for the new drive. Everything i have read online about hard drive cloning does not mention a new OS.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 25, 2014 1:33 PM PST

A clone will have an exact copy of the OS from the old drive.

However if you meant you wanted to use this on a new machine and keep using the old copy of the OS, then Microsoft's license may forbid such. Why is well discussed.

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by dt312013 / February 25, 2014 1:46 PM PST
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Thanks Bob, thats what i thought. I will be using the new drive on the same computer, so thats why i was confused on why they told me to purchase a OS.

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If you're still here . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 26, 2014 1:45 AM PST
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Most new hard drives come with cloning software. All you need is an external USB drive case or a spare internal drive bay. You install the software, connect the new drive, run the software, and it does everything for you. No need to pay someone to do it.

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Im considering....
by dt312013 / February 26, 2014 3:20 PM PST

Im thinking about doing it myself. As i've been researching the process, it seems easier than i thought it was. Guess im just afraid of screwing something up & losing all my data. But its a laptop hard drive that im going to be cloning. So i guess i need to find a sata to usb adapter, download the free Macruim software & go from there. it would be awesome not to have to pay someone to do it for me.

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Why would you lose all of your data?
by glb613 / February 26, 2014 8:01 PM PST
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You should have a backup and preferably more than one copy of anything important.

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by Willy / February 26, 2014 9:36 PM PST
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I'll make this easy as possible. Buy a self-powered(AC) ext. USB "dock" setup. Drop your new HD into it and running the s/w provide the source & destination of data(instructions guide ?). Run it and allow it all the time it needs. As already explained to you if you buy a new HD in "kit form" should have all the stuff for ease of install. That means it has the s/w, docs/guide and cable/harness as required. If not and got only the HD itself, period you then need to visit the support website of HD manufacturer and get the s/w for your model# HD. I suggest usually WD and Seagate provide the best support in this regard. If you use freebie s/w or what makes you happy then be sure how to use it. This all works with a laptop setup and can easily be used later for other projects or remain with your "old HD" as a backup media. I recommend after such a new install allow several weeks to pass before you reformat or plan to re-use the old HD or keep it as is.

tada -----Willy Happy

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I have this one . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 27, 2014 12:20 AM PST
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