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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 ...
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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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Linux (Ubuntu) Alert on desktop on full local disk

Ubuntu already includes a disk space warning alert as part of dconf. You can configure the settings by installing the dconf-tools: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools Start the dconf Editor: dconf-...
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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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Raw copy from failed hard disk

I had good luck with Unstoppable Copy. I was able to get many files from a hard drive with many bad sectors when an ordinary Windows or DOS copy was giving me CRC errors. Most of the files were ...
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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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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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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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Find and extract JPG images if found from the RAW file

You can use Adroit Photo Forensics: non-free but trial available extract JPEG files from dump data files: According to their Adroit Photo Forensics (from which you can see a few other applications ...
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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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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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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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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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Drive defragment tool - after cloning from SSD to HDD

You can ask Windows to re-detect the drive type by running "winsat features" and it should enable/disable the Windows' built-in defragmenter based on what you are currently using. https://technet....
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Connect to friends laptop hard disk drive

You can use BitTorrent Sync to share and access data directly from another PC, or even a mobile (Not through cloud). It supports Windows and Mac, unfortunately not Linux. You can use it in Android, ...
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Zero-fill unused space on a hard drive

You can use WipeFreeSpace which runs on linux. Supports various filesystems including FAT32 (Win98). You have to pass trough manual building process, as there is no binary... Or you can use hacers ...
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Benchmark disks on Linux

You can use hdparm, dd, bonnie++, fio, iozone or orion to benchmark your disk on Linux. All these programs are free and open source. See How can I benchmark my HDD?, I/O Performance Benchmarking Linux,...
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A small OS that will boot under UEFI and wipe partitions on hard drives

Assuming that, you want to delete partitions manually. I haven't tried EFI but Paragon Backup & Recovery has bios and EFI ISO's which you can create under Windows.
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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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'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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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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Program to transfer Windows to another hard drive

Here is another alternative cloning software which is free and can do things you asked: CloneZilla. You can make a bootable CD or USB Flash drive, boot into it and clone one drive to another one. All ...
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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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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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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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