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Moving pre-installed Windows 8 from HDD to SSD

  1. #91


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Hello, in conclusion, I ended up buying the retail license @~Cn$120 as I ran out of time to get up and running.

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  2. #92


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleseye
    I would like to replace the HDD with an SSD. This is without the support of the OEM, who refuse to provide the licence key

    As the licence key coded in to the uEFI/BIOS firmware, how is that refusing to provide the licence key?

    All four of your options in post should work.

    Option 5
    How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.
    Did you try option 5?
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  3. #93


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Hi,
    > As the licence key coded in to the uEFI/BIOS firmware, how is that refusing to provide the licence key?
    I spoke to HP Support on email, then on a phone call, then in a call from a Case Manager. All 3 refused to either tell me what the license key number was on my pc or how I could obtain my license key.

    > Did you try option 5?
    No, because after the HP Case Manager I spoke to, told me that the only way I could get a new HDD installed would be to purchase a retail license, I spoke to some pc installers at my work who claimed that MS has in fact had that clause in every license agreement since XP, only now they have found a way to enforce it. My workplace is really tough on people that they feel violate licensing agreements on any equipment related to them, and as I use this PC to remote in to my desktop on a continual basis, I ran out of time to do the further investigation required to figure out the legality beyond reasonable doubt.
    I'm kind of wishing I had never spoken to those people and just worked through your solution, but c'est la vie.
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  4. #94


    Posts : 11
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Epoch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    For test.
    Just cloned my test rig with uEFI, GPT, Secure Boot setup, using Paragon Backup & Recovery 12, no problems.
    Booted first time.

    Attachment 14029

    Paragon 12 has full support Windows 8 uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.

    PARAGON Software Group - partition manager, drive backup, hard disk partitioning

    THEOG! IT WORKED!

    So I know you posted this awhile ago, but I hadn't tried it because I could only find the paid version. After you posted this link I found the free trial version. I installed the program, went to Disk Migration, automated everything, took out the HDD, put in the SSD, and it boot in less than 5 seconds, perfectly.

    Wow! There is a solution.

    So now what do I need to do to ensure the proper utilization of my SSD? People have talked about "alignment" and other nouns that don't mean anything to me in the computer sense. I will probably install my Samsung Magician software to see what it can do (that came with my SSD).

    Hi, curious how you connected your SSD to your computer? I'm trying to do the same as you but can't get my SSD connected through USB

    Thanks
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  5. #95


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hi, curious how you connected your SSD to your computer? I'm trying to do the same as you but can't get my SSD connected through USB
    That's simple. Get an enclosure (disk caddy) and attach it to a USB port. USB3 would be preferable. I also use eSata for certain things (does not work with VMware Player).

    Open docking stations like this one are the most versatile. They come in all attachment options.

    Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) Black External Enclosure - Newegg.com
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  6. #96


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hi, curious how you connected your SSD to your computer? I'm trying to do the same as you but can't get my SSD connected through USB
    That's simple. Get an enclosure (disk caddy) and attach it to a USB port. USB3 would be preferable. I also use eSata for certain things (does not work with VMware Player).

    Open docking stations like this one are the most versatile. They come in all attachment options.

    Thermaltake BlacX Duet (ST0014U) Black External Enclosure - Newegg.com
    How to get windows 8 onto new SSD?

    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    Quote Originally Posted by moez View Post
    I would have thought it would.

    There is a yellow exclamation mark on my computer:

    USB-IF xHCI USB Host Controller

    says this device driver could not be loaded, and in trying to update it says it is up to date.
    Try updating the drivers.
    Intel® USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Driver — USB 3.0 devices are not working at USB 3.0 speed in Windows 8*
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  7. #97


    Posts : 34
    Wind 7 Home Premium 64 Bits/ Win 8 64 Bits


    Hi Theog,
    Please refer to my printscreen as shown below.
    Click image for larger version

    As you can see, the D Drive has the system folders in there (in one of the partitions of 20GB). One of it is the infamous OKR (One Key Recovery) which may break if Paragon software meddle with the partition size/ logic.

    My question is ~ i am planning to change my D Drive to a WD Black (a faster, meaner HDD). Both the D Drive and this WD Black has got the same 500GB capacity. However, i am just afraid that when using Paragon to clone everything from D Drive to this WD Black, Paragon may caused this OKR to break (despite both drives should be the same size being 500GB). Theoretically, since both drives are at 500GB, hence all Paragon has to do is to clone 1 to 1 and there is no need to change the partition size.

    Hence, can you help to advice whether this will happen or not? Whether Paragon may break the partition size causing OKR to fail to work?
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  8. #98


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by cheesum View Post
    Hi Theog,
    Please refer to my printscreen as shown below.
    Click image for larger version

    As you can see, the D Drive has the system folders in there (in one of the partitions of 20GB). One of it is the infamous OKR (One Key Recovery) which may break if Paragon software meddle with the partition size/ logic.

    My question is ~ i am planning to change my D Drive to a WD Black (a faster, meaner HDD). Both the D Drive and this WD Black has got the same 500GB capacity. However, i am just afraid that when using Paragon to clone everything from D Drive to this WD Black, Paragon may caused this OKR to break (despite both drives should be the same size being 500GB). Theoretically, since both drives are at 500GB, hence all Paragon has to do is to clone 1 to 1 and there is no need to change the partition size.

    Hence, can you help to advice whether this will happen or not? Whether Paragon may break the partition size causing OKR to fail to work?
    Paragon should be OK.

    BUT
    Quote from the bottom of your screenshot.

    We recommend closing all other other applications while running EaseUS Partition Master.
    We have had alot of OP's that have used EaseUS Partition Master, than need to reinstall OEM Windows 8 after use.
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  9. #99


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    Wind 7 Home Premium 64 Bits/ Win 8 64 Bits


    Thanks for the heads up.

    Well, i only used the EaseUS Partition Master to view the partition sizes and NOT to resize the partitions. In fact, i do not actually save anything before exiting the program. Would there be any adverse impact from doing this?
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  10. #100


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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesum View Post
    Thanks for the heads up.

    Well, i only used the EaseUS Partition Master to view the partition sizes and NOT to resize the partitions. In fact, i do not actually save anything before exiting the program. Would there be any adverse impact from doing this?
    Hopefully no.
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