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Re-installing Windows 8 OEM license to new hard drive

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    Windows 8.1

    Re-installing Windows 8 OEM license to new hard drive


    Hi! Apologies if I posted this in le wrong category.

    I recently upgraded capacity of my hard drive (from 350GB to 500GB). I'm wondering how can I install my windows oem license from my previous hard drive to my new one. My laptop is Compaq Presario CQ58 and OS is Windows 8.

    I really need your help guys!

    THANKS IN ADVANCE

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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Hello and welcome to the forum! The easiest thing would have been to image the old drive then transfer to the new drive if you have a large enough external drive.

    Beyond that, I haven't done a hard drive upgrade with OEM. Not sure if will automatically get the key from the flash memory and activate. If not, you'll have to get the key that is burned in the board by using ShowKey or other retrieval utility.
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    In addition to the above. Use Free Macrium software: Macrium Reflect Free & Macrium User Manual
    1. Install Macrium
    2. Connect your 500GB HD to a USB port
    3. Run Macrium & clone the whole 300 GB drive to the 500GB.
    4. Replace the 300GB with the 500GB
    5. Boot up


    EDIT: after cloning, your new HD will show as if it were your old drive. You'll need to open the Disk Management, you'll see ~ 200GB unallocated space. You have 2 options:

    1. Right click on the C: drive and expand it to make full use of 500GB
    2. Right click->Initialize this unallocated space to be a logical drive so you can store your personall data to this drive separated from Windows OS.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 18 Jul 2014 at 14:35.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1


    Hi!

    Thank you for the reply! Unfortunately, the hard drive I bought is SATA so I don't really know if I can connect it via USB
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    Windows 8.1


    Hi!

    Thank you for the reply! I'm a bit confused sorry. By "image" what do you mean?
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    San Jose - California
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheWinsMeister View Post
    Hi!

    Thank you for the reply! Unfortunately, the hard drive I bought is SATA so I don't really know if I can connect it via USB
    You will need a SATA to USB adapter:
    Amazon.com: Patuoxun USB 2.0 to Sata Converter Adapter Cable w/ 2.5" 2.5 Inch Hard Drive HDD Case: Computers & Accessories
    You can also pick one up from local computer store. It would be better if you can get one that also works with USB3 but it would cost a little bit more.
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    Imaging is making a compressed copy of the used sectors. It is stored as a file, so you can plonk it just about anywhere. It will usually be about 50-60% of the original used space.

    There are several free programs which will do it for you.

    That image can be restored using the same program ( they usually make a bootable version of themselves which you can run from usb drive ).

    You can restore the image to anywhere you like as long as it is big enough.

    Often used to restore windows to the moment you made the image, for example when windows goes weird/your hard drive dies, etc. You can also make an image of your current HD , then restore it to a different HD.

    Aomei Backupper Standard, Paragon backup and restore free, macrium free and several others will all do the job.

    It is very simple, easy peasy just a few clicks , tell the program what you want it to make an image of, and where to deposit the image file it makes.

    How to Do a System Backup, Back Up System Files & Boot Files
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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Image will let you save everything to a third drive that can then be transferred to your new drive. This is also commonly used as an entire drive backup solution.

    Clone lets you transfer everything directly from the old drive to the new one.

    Confusing enough? Hopefully not. I would also suggest if your laptop came with a utility to create a recovery disc or usb flash recovery, you create one using your old drive.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I swapped out the factory spinner drive on my laptop for an SSD. At that time I did a clean install of 8.0 using an MSDN Windows 8.0 ISO. Windows 8.0 read and used the factory embedded key that was in the BIOS and installed the matching 8.0 Core. Activated automatically online with no issues. It retailed the original OEM activation. If you don't have access to install media then your looking at cloning or imaging your original install. Have you already swapped drives? Is windows 8 installed? If yes how did you install it?
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you guys for the replies!

    I just bought a SATA to USB cable just like what topgindcp then clone my old hard drive.

    I will let you guys know what happened.

    Do I mark this now as solved?
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