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Windows 7: Transfer Disk image and licensing issue?

09 Nov 2015   #1
Jon12345

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 
Transfer Disk image and licensing issue?

I have a SSD drive that is only 128gb and I keep running out of space on it. I would like to upgrade to 256gb. Can I do a drive image or something and copy it all across to the larger drive? Will this affect my Windows license, if perhaps they link the license to a hard drive?

Thanks,

Jon


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09 Nov 2015   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Yes, it's perfectly fine to do that - there won't be licence issues. I suggest using Macrium Reflect for the task : search our Tutorial section for a tutorial on Macrium Reflect imaging.
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09 Nov 2015   #3
Jon12345

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Ah, that is great news, thanks! Would using the free version of Macrium Reflect be ok? Would I need to re-enter my Windows licensing info? No idea where it is, so would save a lot of hunting if I don't have to bother.
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09 Nov 2015   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

The free version will work fine. I've done the same thing twice before (64GB to 128GB to 256GB SSD) and never needed to re - authenticate the installation.
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09 Nov 2015   #5
Jon12345

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Fabulous. Thanks for that. I am happy again!
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09 Nov 2015   #6
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You will have to decide whether to clone the drive or to image it. To clone it you need to have both drives connected and you will get an exact, sector by sector copy. Alternatively, if it's not possible to connect both drives, you can image the existing drive, storing the image file on an external drive. Then swap the SSDs and boot to the Macrium Reflect Rescue CD. You can then restore the image to the new drive. Both methods work, though imaging does not give you an exact copy as the imaging process discards some non-essential stuff.
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09 Nov 2015   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You could just copy it. A decent partition manager will do the copying. Paragon and Pwiz work fine for that.
I am not using the free versions, but they probably do the same.
Haven't tested aomei part assist to check if it updates bcd, but the previously mentioned two work fine.
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