|Cloning any HDD, (hard disk drives) (or any boot drive to a newer boot drive)
This is for HOME PC's, only
The reason we clone are 3 fold,
Farstone Drive clone , is now dead, there support page ended in JAN 2018 (says waybackmachine.com) (I like it and it still works v11)but...
The other program that can work is MINI-TOOLS Partition Wizard.(direct link to maker) use Copy + Disk Image.(I like this App, but loads McAfee as malware) (I can be deselected on the fly at install time)
They don't use the word CLONE, only Migrate.
There are many products (programs) to run now. Seen here.
I like this list best at GIZMO's
I have acid test for applicatations of any kind and the below is specific.
Windows also uses space for regressing windows. (like it did back during the free w10 update)
Steps, (most) (no spoon feeds by me)
Microsoft Activation does not trip dead, if you only upgrade to SSD, if online it trips to activated in seconds at first SSD bootup.(If at all)
Windows trips the Activation bit when more that 1 thing is changed. (or upgraded)
The hit rate on each device, and weighted importance is a MS closely guarded secret. (no order below)
W10 free upgrade (few years back) failed to warn me, you can never change the MOBO. (note that now w10 is dead, as is my commuted w7pro, a $120 theft by MS.com) fool me once,.....shame on.....
Note the new rule, you can't challenge the activation lacking a live.com MS account that I will never have. (this one NEW rule will send me back to linux fast)!
I will never use others CLOUDS, I have my own cloud servers. Nor use MS CLOUD ever.\
What I did is nuke all 5 w10 freeupgrades here (family) and bought 5 site license, W10 pro. (not more BS rules like that again)
* Processor & Serial Number
* IDE Adapter (chip ICH10? This most times is a new MOBO)
* Hard Drive Device and VSN or UUID.
* RAM Amount Range (gee, folks don't add more memory? is this Silly or what?)
* Display Adapter (GPU/VIDEO card etc) (my guess it reads the ROM in the Card, using int13 calls.
* Optical Drive CD/ DVD or BD. ( I think this is not valid now , as many PCs now have no drive here)
* SCSI Adapter (SAS) see IDE above, same deal. Can be onboard or added in to PCI-express slot.
* Network Adapter (NIC card) Most PCs this is onboard chip (on MOBO)
* Mother board changes, or even BIOS upgrades?
Do know that having a HDD mirror backup on the shelf is totally ok, with an identical UUID/GUID, if its identical it will run and stay activated, ( I dont think MS trips activaton on HDD serial numbers , deep in side HDD internal roms nor with different UUID)
Many folks do that, want just a backup drive parked, with all apps loaded and ready to rock. (parked means power off, not used, and motor not spinning and for sure 5vdc/12vdc to the drive OFF)
The lesson here is change (upgrade) parts 1 at a time.
Too many connections with 2 identical drives online at once, and Windows goes mad. (If you ever see this, you will NEVER want to see this again, I PROMISE)
There is no lack of bad cloning failures, on the web.
HPA HORRORS: (legacy Bull or other alien HDD) "the cure is erase this pig" first.
There is one other cases (horror) that one can run across with GigaByte(tm) motherboards
It puts on this very hard to remove, alien format for (BIOS Recovery?) or some such rot, and will be only pain if you have it on your HDD, as seen here, Called The HPA HORROR.
If using used drives as a target HDD this are not from a Windows PC you can also get in to big trouble, we erase them with a low level eraser program.
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