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  1.    16 Dec 2016 #1
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    Can I reinstall this OEM Windows 10 with rescue USB


    Weird question: I've created a rescue USB that includes system files from my OEM instalation, the wizard mentioned that, including system files may help me in reinstalling the OS with this USB in case I cannot boot into Windows. The question is, in case I change my HDD for whatever reason, Can I reinstall this OEM Windows 10 with the USB in the new HDD and still get it activated and all the stuff from Acer restored as it would do a normal factory reset?

    Thanks in advance
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  2.    18 Dec 2016 #2
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    A hard drive change will not effect activation in Windows 10. A rescue media is dependent on an already installed OS (your original HDD). In order to move to a new or different drive, disk imaging tools such as Macrium Reflect need to be used.
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  3.    18 Dec 2016 #3
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    I second Railtech's suggestion of making a image with Macrium Reflect. External drives are relatively cheap. Make sure you create the rescue media in case you ever have to use Macrium Reflect and your computer wont start.
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  4.    18 Dec 2016 #4
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    All right. Thanks for the info guys. Is Macrium Reflect free or has any cost?

    Thank you for this info
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  5.    19 Dec 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by FerchogtX View Post
    All right. Thanks for the info guys. Is Macrium Reflect free or has any cost?

    Thank you for this info
    Free version is quite enough for what you want, payed has some more advanced functions like continual backup update etc.
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  6.    19 Dec 2016 #6
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    Fantástic. One more question, Can I have the backup in an external drive that already has some data and document backups?
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  7.    19 Dec 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by FerchogtX View Post
    Fantástic. One more question, Can I have the backup in an external drive that already has some data and document backups?
    Yeah sure, it just makes one large file so if there's enough space you can put it wherever you want to,
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  8.    24 Dec 2016 #8
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    Thank you so much for the answers.
    One more thing, let's say I want to clone the original drive the OS came installed in, into the new one, connected via USB as an external drive, can I do this with Macrium, then connect the new drive cloned and get the system to boot?

    Sorry if I'm being annoying XD.

    Merry christmas
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  9.    24 Dec 2016 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by FerchogtX View Post
    Thank you so much for the answers.
    One more thing, let's say I want to clone the original drive the OS came installed in, into the new one, connected via USB as an external drive, can I do this with Macrium, then connect the new drive cloned and get the system to boot?

    Sorry if I'm being annoying XD.

    Merry christmas
    Yes, it has a cloning option too.
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  10.    25 Dec 2016 #10
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    I am not sure you got an answer to your original question but a Recovery Drive created in Win 10 with the System Files box checked will reinstall Win 10 to a replacement Drive.

    If you have an original Win 10 install and it is set up correctly, you can do a full factory reset which includes Win 10 and the OEM utilities.

    No Reset option will replace your personal utilities and most apps, thus why a system image is a good option if you want to replace a drive.
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