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cloning new PC to SSD, license worry?

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    cloning new PC to SSD, license worry?


    Hi, I'm buying a bunch of new PCs for an office and installing SSDs on all of them. Is there any issues with Windows 8.1 cloning to a new SSD (in terms of licensing and anything else)? The HDD in there will become a secondary drive for data files.

    recommendations? (especially software and best protocols to follow)

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    No, everything gets transferred, won't have to even re-enter the key. However, I recently upgraded my laptop to a high end Samsung SSD using their transfer program that came with it. My laptop has never been slower, unfortunately, making it a bad decision.

    I would prefer to have clean installed rather than get what I got, but others swear by it. It probably comes down to which program you use, to which I am not well versed.
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    I did this on my Lenovo K450 with Acronis True Image. I didn't clone the drive but instead did a backup from the HDD then swapped it out with the new Samsung EVO 250GB SSD and did a restore. Worked perfectly once I got the EFI BIOS stuff figured out.

    Boot times and performance are phenomenal. As one person said, "It's so fast it hurts ".
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    If you want to save yourself a lot of trouble, get the Paragon Migration Tool. It does the job with 3 clicks. That's a good deal for $19.95. I have used it many times and it never failed.


    Paragon Migrate OS to SSD - System migration to Solid State Drives (SSD) - Overview
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I did this on my Lenovo K450 with Acronis True Image. I didn't clone the drive but instead did a backup from the HDD then swapped it out with the new Samsung EVO 250GB SSD and did a restore. Worked perfectly once I got the EFI BIOS stuff figured out.

    Boot times and performance are phenomenal. As one person said, "It's so fast it hurts ".
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    alright, thanks for the responses! much appreciated
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    If it is the same image. Use Clonezilla to burn the image to a NFS folder. Then put USB Sticks with Clonezilla on them. In each machine to restore the same image to them.

    That is how we did it with Symantec Ghost. But used a CD or floppy back in the day. We could restore fifty to a hundred machines at a time. Depending on how fast the drive & the computer acting as the NAS was. Back in the day.

    I get anywhere from 1.2gb to 1.8gb per sec.. Restoring two machines on just my network, with both machines having 100mbps Ethernet. One laptop still has a 5400 rpm platter drive. The other is a Crucial M500 SSD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    If it is the same image. Use Clonezilla to burn the image to a NFS folder. Then put USB Sticks with Clonezilla on them. In each machine to restore the same image to them.

    That is how we did it with Symantec Ghost. But used a CD or floppy back in the day. We could restore fifty to a hundred machines at a time. Depending on how fast the drive & the computer acting as the NAS was. Back in the day.

    I get anywhere from 1.2gb to 1.8gb per sec.. Restoring two machines on just my network, with both machines having 100mbps Ethernet. One laptop still has a 5400 rpm platter drive. The other is a Crucial M500 SSD.
    I'm a bit confused with your advice.

    We're purchasing a number of machines (all identical). With regards to using a single image for all the systems, doesn't that mean all the machines will have the same key/license?
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    They will initially, but within 30 days you have to give them each their own key. Else the OS will shut down.
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    dirtyvu as a business. You should be ordering them with a Enterprise Volume license. One image will contain all needed software and the users would not see the keys.

    Just remember that there is still the issue of making sure that the SSD's are updated with newer firmware as it comes out. That would mean going to each machine to do that update, or rolling out after hours inside of Windows. But then if something goes wrong with the SSD firmware update. It can cause you headaches.
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