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Which software can I use to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

The license is usually tied to the motherboard, not the hard drive. So you can reinstall Windows 10 and it should automatically activated. If it is not activated automatically, refer to the ...
Thomas Youngson's user avatar
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Raw copy from failed hard disk

Does anyone know of a piece of software that can perform a restartable raw copy of a disk drive? You are basically describing GNU ddrescue which can be run from a bootable Linux live CD/DVD/USB (I ...
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Which software can I use to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

Do it properly: recover the key then install Windows 10. To recover the key from your existing Windows installation you can use tools like KeyFinder (https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/). This ...
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Which software can I use to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

GNU coreutils. You need to copy the whole hard disk drive onto the new one, from byte to byte. It is called a "sector-level copy" or "cloning". Most tools of the Microsoft world are incapable of ...
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Encrypt my external hard disk (Linux + OS X + Windows)

Until a yearor two back, the definitive answer would have been TrueCrypt. I still use it myself, but, as it is no longer actively developed, you might want to choose one of the forks, based on its ...
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Which software can I use to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

Macrium Reflect is an excellent piece of software which will do this for you. Download & install Macrium Reflect to your current system. It doesn't hurt to clean up temporary files to reduce the ...
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Disk wipe/erase tools

anyway... in general i would advise to use DBAN (or it's unofficial fork dban) to wipe complete disks: it would be the universal method because it works from it's own bootable iso, is therefor ...
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Recommendation for a hard drive panic button to securely erase hard drive in case of emergency

These days there are many readily available consumer SED self-encrypting drives and OPAL drives which encrypt all the data written to the disk memory (for SSD's) or surface, using a key that must be ...
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Encrypted external disk, with no need to enter password each time

You can use LUKS encryption for your external hard drive. Anytime you plug in the drive, Ubuntu automonts the drive and directly asks for the password. Showing you an option when to forget it: ...
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Windows utility to spin-down unused HDDs (alternative to RevoSleep)

UPDATE (April 2020) - I had a contact with the guy who is developing the aforementioned RevoSleep application, and he have rolled out an update to the RevoSleep, which improves the compatibility with ...
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Extend system drive (C:) partition in windows 10

Windows 10 include a built-in functionality in Disk Management to shrink and expand partitions. No more 3rd party utilities needed! It’s worth noting that many third-party utilities will be more ...
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In place recovery of 6 TB external hard drive (repair File Allocation Table)

The Linux System Rescue CD can be burnt onto a CD or USB drive and when booted from offers lots of tools to repair your system, (even if it is a windows system). Includes partition editing tools, (...
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Convert NTFS volume to exFAT

If you don't mind losing that data, In Windows, open Command Prompt (elevated), then type diskpart. It should open the tool, and you can type list disk. It will list disks by number. Type select disc ...
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'Fast Zero Write' secure hard disk deletion / wipe software

You drive is small and failing, so I doubt that you will be reusing it. I would suggest a "hardware wipe", which is always quicker than software. Suggestions: a magnet a Black & Decker drill a ...
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NTFS driver for MacBook Pro (OS X)

A. In OS X, enable NTFS write on the drive. You do not need anything more (ie drivers). There are some excellent instructions on osxdaily.com. Michael Dreher points out in the comments of the ...
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NTFS driver for MacBook Pro (OS X)

I personally use Paragon NTFS for Mac. It costs about 16.95 per license, but I have yet to find a better driver for Mac and it's extremely easy to use. I have yet to have anything bad happen to any of ...
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Disk management tool/suite for Windows disks and flash media (application, not LiveCD)

Your question got me on another search, and I think I found a better match than my go-to-answer-of-past-years. Check out DiskGenius, based on the comparison chart it looks like it's the best freemium ...
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Extend system drive (C:) partition in windows 10

If I may recommend MiniTool Home Partition Wizard, it should be exactly what you're looking for. It allows you to extend any partition including the one you're currently using. The software, if ...
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On-the-fly encryption solution for external drive

Western Digital Passport external USB drives use hardware encryption, no need to use software. Here's a 3TB one from Amazon for $120usd. But beware, if the drive breaks you won't be able to get the ...
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Tool to replicate a computer with Windows/Linux dual boot

If they are truly identical, i.e. same hardware, etc., then possibly the easiest process is to install but do not register, Windows on a single machine - you can even install additional software, ...
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Disc cloning tool with the option to exclude folders

Acronis True Image might be something for you. I'm using it since years and it works fine. it costs ~40 EUR it can exclude folders from the backup (see screenshot below, sorry it's German) you can ...
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Gratis Windows software to check hard drive

I like Ariolic Disk Scanner; it is free and provides read verification with a visual map of the disk showing any bad clusters. It doesn't do repairs, but that was not part of your requirements. You ...
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Which software can I use to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

why not make a bootable usb with Hiren's boot and clone your disk? Or use Hiren's boot to get your windows key and activate it on your new hard drive, you can download windows free from Microsoft
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Raw partitioning software for Windows 10

If I can't deal with partitions using built-in tools to the running OS ('cause you can't mess with mounted/in-use partitions, etc) I boot with a Linux Mint LiveDVD and run parted (command line) or ...
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Linux hard drive speed test

The Phoronix Test Suite is the most comprehensive testing and benchmarking platform available for the Linux operating system. The process from the benchmark installation, to the actual benchmarking, ...
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Recommendation for a hard drive panic button to securely erase hard drive in case of emergency

If the data can be kept on external hard drives, then something from Apricorn might do the trick. They don't have a panic button per-say (nothing consumer-focused does, to my knowledge), but if input ...
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Cloning a bitlocked HDD to SSD

That's a yes and no answer. Yes, Casper Secure Disc 4.2 can clone and even resize a bitlocker locked drive to another drive while you're working in windows. I've used the trial version which does ...
Al Winston's user avatar
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Alternative to Disk Utility mac

You could take a look at PartEd Magick: Free, gratis & Open Source Runs on Intel Based Systems including Intel Macs No installation - you boot into the Parted Magic Linux based OS hence you need ...
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Measure disk writes

If someone is still looking for same result, here is what i found. Directly from (unexpectedly)Microsoft: Windows Sysinternals - Process Explorer. This software is similar to Resource Monitor but ...
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On-the-fly encryption solution for external drive

You could look at SecurePro from Verbatim, which enables on-drive encryption and launches a flash-based browser window on the target OS for the password, therefore making additional software ...
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