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Install Windows from one harddrive to another

by br3cken / September 13, 2016 9:54 AM PDT

Yo guys
I am planning on buying a ssd harddrive.... but im not sure if I can just use my old Windows which I have on my main harddrive right now. Can I just deactivate my Windows and then install it on the new harddrive?
Right now I have a HDD but I want a SSD also.... So I need the SSD for my system and a couple of programs... Hope you know what I mean

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 13, 2016 11:08 AM PDT

While we do CLONE one drive to another, no one has creates a way to install Windows as you asked.

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Windows is activated per machine so
by orlbuckeye / September 14, 2016 4:09 AM PDT

you don't have to deactivate. As Bob yes cloning the drive is the easiest way to do this. By cloning you are making an exact copy of your current drive. One thing you to do this is the data on the drive you are cloning must be smaller than the size of the new SSD (in other words it must fit on the new drive). You can't copy just the OS and if you want to do that you have to do a clean install. So to clone you can search online for free cloning software. I myself have done this many time and I use Acronis True Image which was like 25.00 at Best Buy. I also bought an external SATA drive case to hold the target SSD. Sometime you can by a kit that comes with the SSD, external case and software if you purchase from Newegg or Tiger Direct to name a couple of places. When you run the software it usually calls the HD you want to clone as the source and the SSD as the target.

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Don't need the things on the harddrive
by br3cken / September 14, 2016 8:52 AM PDT

I don't need that much from my old harddrive! Just a couple of programs that I Can easily transfer to the ssd.
Is that just a clean install then?

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You must try it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2016 8:58 AM PDT

I find many folk challenged by clean installs. Also, the office charges little for cloning but 150 for a clean install plus hours.

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by deejaymisty1 / September 19, 2016 3:47 AM PDT


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clone OS to SSD
by xikimg / September 19, 2016 2:40 AM PDT

There is no need to re-install your operating system, and ]clone OS to new SSD will be the easiest way. To do so, just need a free clone software which can do this. Also, you can use it to clone the partition in which your programs are.

Link to specific program removed by moderator. If interested, the name of the maker is in all his other posts.

Post was last edited on September 19, 2016 2:54 AM PDT

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