Changing HDD for SSD in laptop - effect on activation

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  1. Posts : 2,236
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit v23H2
       #11

    Try3 said:
    I've seen many comments about disk cloning going wrong.
    Using the same utilities to make disk images instead is regarded as reliable. And images are more flexible; you can have as many images as you want on each of your backup disks but could only have one clone on each disk.


    All the best,
    Denis
    I had a clone go wrong when I cloned the boot HDD to a SSD. I ended up doing a clean install on the SSD. It may have been because I had all the hard drives hooked up when I originally installed Windows.

    Is there any guide of what to look for in maybe Disk Management so that someone could see the problem and correct it? If that could be done then maybe cloning would be more successful. BTW, I have no problem cloning drives when there is only one drive to deal with.
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  2. Posts : 23,639
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4529 (x64) [22H2]
       #12

    kevvyb said:
    Twas MAcrium that let me down. Twice. Maybe it was something I was doing wrong.


    I'm not a big fan of cloning either.
    I have had zero issues with "images" instead.
    Some feel Macrium is a bit too complex. AOMEI might be a better fit for those people.

    Macrium's bootable rescue media also has that wonderful tool: "Fix Windows Boot problems".
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  3. Posts : 141
    XP / 10 Pro
       #13

    Bree said:
    Your PC's digital licence is linked to the unique hardware ID of your PC and stored on the Microsoft activation servers. The hard drive plays no part in this hardware ID, so swapping it for a new one has no effect on activation.

    Windows 10 and Windows 11 Digital Licencing explained | Windows 11 Forum
    Just a note, though, I do not have a Microsoft account so activation might not be tied to Microsoft if I do an upgrade

    BTW, I use EaseUS Partition Manager and made a complete clone of this HP 15-f100dx SSD drive onto a NVMe M.2 SSD in a NVMe drive enclosure THEN I was able to boot into the NVMe with no issues, even though I still had the original WD SSD hard drive in the laptop.
    EaseUS really detects and allows a lot of flexibility. I can even go in later and resize partition fairly easily and a lot more.
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  4. Posts : 4,668
    several
       #14

    kevvyb said:
    Twas MAcrium that let me down. Twice. Maybe it was something I was doing wrong.

    The best tool for os migration that I know of is diskgenius. The free version does it.
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  5. Posts : 32,076
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #15

    Gibbs said:
    Just a note, though, I do not have a Microsoft account so activation might not be tied to Microsoft if I do an upgrade
    It is not necessary to have a Microsoft account. The digital license for a PC is stored on Microsoft's activation servers and linked to the PC's hardware ID only. Changing the hard drive (eg, replacing an HDD with an SSD) has no effect on the hardware ID of the PC, windows will still activate from the digital license.

    Linking that digital license to a Microsoft account is an optional extra. Swapping the motherboard is a significant hardware change, enough to change the hardware ID of the PC and loose activation. If the digital license had been linked to a Microsoft account before the motherboard was changed, then activation can be restored by running the Activation Troubleshooter.
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  6. Posts : 15,547
    Windows10
       #16

    Macrium Reflect Free is truly the best cloning tool.

    The 2 main reasons people get failures is:

    1) the source disk has bad sectors.

    2) User error e.g. not selecting the efi partition as well as C drive.
    I am certain Reflect is the most commonly used cloning tool by members of this forum.
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  7. Posts : 17,041
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #17

    Gibbs said:
    Just a note, though, I do not have a Microsoft account so activation might not be tied to Microsoft if I do an upgrade
    If, as is almost certainly the case, your activation in Settings, Update, Activation is described as being 'with a digital licence' then your activation is recorded in MS's activation servers, MSAccount or no MSAccount.

    Linking an MSAccount to your activation is optional but can be useful when major hardware is replaced.
    Reactivating Windows 10 after a hardware change - MSSupport
    Link Microsoft Account to Windows 10 Digital License - TenForumsTutorials


    All the best,
    Denis
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  8. Posts : 141
    XP / 10 Pro
       #18

    Bree said:
    It is not necessary to have a Microsoft account. The digital license for a PC is stored on Microsoft's activation servers and linked to the PC's hardware ID only. Changing the hard drive (eg, replacing an HDD with an SSD) has no effect on the hardware ID of the PC, windows will still activate from the digital license.

    Linking that digital license to a Microsoft account is an optional extra. Swapping the motherboard is a significant hardware change, enough to change the hardware ID of the PC and loose activation. If the digital license had been linked to a Microsoft account before the motherboard was changed, then activation can be restored by running the Activation Troubleshooter.
    So what happens if I take a Windows 10 Pro cloned HD from an older HP laptop and that cloned HD is a NVMe M2 and I put it in a brand new HP laptop? Which key works, the one that came with the HP laptop or the one (digital) that is assigned to my now using HP? If I get it out of S mode and run a key program to find the actual key that came with a new HP laptop, can that work to activate it? and then perhaps change the key to the "pro" license of my older HP laptop?
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  9. Posts : 4,668
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       #19

    the actual key that came with a new HP laptop
    presumably that will be a home key. it wont activate pro edition.
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  10. Posts : 7,940
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
       #20

    kevvyb said:
    Hi I intend to swap the HDD in my HP 250 G4 for a Kingston SSD. How will this affect activation, if at all, and will I have to do anyting differently with that install?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
    I've never had to reactivate a PC when doing this
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