Questions regarding Win10 Digital License and Cloning

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  1. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #21

    Macrium Reflect has a very good boot repair.

    Images borrowed from another thread (thanks to topgundcp)


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  2. ArthurDent's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (OS Build 19042.630)
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       #22

    Update to thread

    I have just swapped out the old 500Gb SSD for the newly-cloned 1TB Samsung 1TB 860 EVO and booted the pc.

    It went straight into Windows without a problem, all my programs and desktop are 'as was' and even Chrome remembered the web pages I was on and Windows is activated with a digital license.

    I didn't have to boot off the Macrium Rescue Disk and re-create the Master Boot Record.

    One happy camper.

    Now to upgrade another SSD (a 250Gb Samsung 860 EVO) to another 1Tb Samsung 860 EVO in my wife's old laptop.

    I may be back!!

    Thanks to all for your help, especially Megahertz. That's what makes this forum great!

    Cheers

    Art
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
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    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #23

    If you only have one disk, it will, most of the time, find where the boot files are.
    I still suggest you run the boot repair. It can even make boot faster.
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  4. ArthurDent's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (OS Build 19042.630)
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       #24

    Final update to this thead.

    Using the USB caddy that worked yesterday, I hooked up the second 1Tb 860 Evo to my wife's laptop.

    Macrium Reflect identified the external SSD as well as the intternal one and the only thing left was to wait until the cloning process finished.

    That done, the drives were swapped over and the pc booted.

    Success! Again, no need to rebuild the MBR.

    So now, after taking advantage of Amazon's 7-day reduced price on these drives (2 days after purchase, the price had gone up by 16.58 for each drive), I had upgraded my Crucial MX500 500Gb to the (arguably) better Samsung 860 EVO 1Tb and my wife's 860 EVO 250Gb to the 1Tb version giving us lots more space in both machines.

    All I need to do now is transfer the files and folders from the original drives onto these new ones.

    A final thanks to everyone that offered help and advice with this procedure.

    Regards

    Art
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  5. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v20H2
       #25

    Glad you got things sorted out with your caddy. Good luck

    Now that you have become an expert you will be able to do all this again by yourself right?
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  6. ArthurDent's Avatar
    Posts : 215
    Windows 10 Pro (x64) 20H2 (OS Build 19042.630)
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       #26

    MisterEd said:
    Glad you got things sorted out with your caddy. Good luck

    Now that you have become an expert you will be able to do all this again by yourself right?
    Just did Mr Ed, just did. Dunno about claiming to be an expert though!

    I was about to try a different caddy (as I'd tried everything else) when your suggestion popped up on this thread.

    Turns out that was the answer!

    Cheers

    Art
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