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Re-installing Windows 8 OEM license to new hard drive


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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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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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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.
 
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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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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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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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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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Up to you. Can wait until you report back with results but please do mark as solved eventually if that is the case. Helps others to easily see something that has worked. Sadly many never report back. :(
 

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Hey guys!

My HDD enclosure came yesterday so I immediately tried the cloning method given. I used macrium reflect to do it. It worked! Note that it will only show the amount of space left from your previous hard drive until you sort it out from disk management.

Now my laptop is running 500GB; cloned from my previous hard drive. I'll backup my previous hard drive before wiping it all away just in case something happens to my new hard drive.

Thanks guys for the help!
 

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This is great news! I meant to post that you would have to extend the partition after cloning. Guess I forgot, sorry.
 

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I'd be careful what cable/adapter you use, depending on what drive your trying to clone. My Crucial SSD came with a cloning kit. The cable is just a simple SATA to USB cable. All the power is drawn from the USB port. It works fine on 2.5 inch 5400 PRM laptop drives but not so good on 3.5 inch 7200 RPM desktop form factor drives. Not enough power to drive them reliably. Mine is only USB 2.0, one that's USB 3.0 may fair better. I also have one of these, Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case) - Newegg.ca which IMHO, is well worth the extra cost. I've used it several times now to recover data off of a hard drive from a dead PC. It all depends on your needs and wants. I work on PC's from time to time so having that kit saves me time and hassle. If you don't do that sort of thing and know your going to repurpose the drive as external storage you may as well just buy a drive enclosure and be done with it. I've done that too.
 

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I'd be careful what cable/adapter you use, depending on what drive your trying to clone. My Crucial SSD came with a cloning kit. The cable is just a simple SATA to USB cable. All the power is drawn from the USB port. It works fine on 2.5 inch 5400 PRM laptop drives but not so good on 3.5 inch 7200 RPM desktop form factor drives. Not enough power to drive them reliably. Mine is only USB 2.0, one that's USB 3.0 may fair better. I also have one of these, Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case) - Newegg.ca which IMHO, is well worth the extra cost. I've used it several times now to recover data off of a hard drive from a dead PC. It all depends on your needs and wants. I work on PC's from time to time so having that kit saves me time and hassle. If you don't do that sort of thing and know your going to repurpose the drive as external storage you may as well just buy a drive enclosure and be done with it. I've done that too.
This one has never failed me. Uses two usb ports, one to boost power to the drive. Hard Drive Docking Station - SATA 2.5in | SSD | USB 2.0 | StarTech.com
 

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