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Should I clone the drive or reinstall Windows?

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I just built a PC for my dad, and after using it for a day or two he decided that he did in fact want an SSD. Seeing as I just installed Windows on his 1TB drive and he's only installed one or two basic programs since then (Firefox, Office, etc), am I okay with just cloning the drive to the SSD or should I start from scratch and reinstall Windows?
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I would start fresh since it won't take long at all to get him back to where he left off.

 

Don't worry about what's on the hard drive because it will just become a storage drive. However, disconnect it before installing Windows. Then when Windows is installed, shut down and reconnect it. After that, go right into the BIOS and ensure that the boot priority is set correctly so that the solid state drive is first.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

I would start fresh since it won't take long at all to get him back to where he left off.

Don't worry about what's on the hard drive because it will just become a storage drive. However, disconnect it before installing Windows. Then when Windows is installed, shut down and reconnect it. After that, go right into the BIOS and ensure that the boot priority is set correctly so that the solid state drive is first.

Yeah that makes sense. This question may seem stupid, but with installing Windows fresh, will I lose my license?
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Yeah that makes sense. This question may seem stupid, but with installing Windows fresh, will I lose my license?

 

Nope. The only time you would run into activation problems is:

 

  • If you have an OEM copy and you then try to replace the motherboard or move into a completely new system.
  • If you try to activate a Windows Product Key on 2 or more computers at a time (this applies to both OEM and Retail)
  • If you reinstall on the same computer more than like 10 times. This may result in only allowing activation over the phone.
  • If you have a Retail copy and you reinstall it like more than 10 times or so due to replacing the motherboard or getting a new computer (I'm guessing on this one though)

 

So when it's just a storage drive like this, it's "safe".

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Nope. The only time you would run into activation problems is:
  • If you have an OEM copy and you then try to replace the motherboard or move into a completely new system.
  • If you try to activate a Windows Product Key on 2 or more computers at a time (this applies to both OEM and Retail)
  • If you reinstall on the same computer more than like 10 times. This may result in only allowing activation over the phone.
  • If you have a Retail copy and you reinstall it like more than 10 times or so due to replacing the motherboard or getting a new computer (I'm guessing on this one though)

So when it's just a storage drive like this, it's "safe".

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Cool. Thanks for the help!

 

You're welcome!

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