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 following fix: Windows 10 Activation Lost After Hardware Change
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 like SystemRescueCD quite a lot).
Cloning the drive
First, you should identify the drives you have connected to your computer with the fdisk -l command. Here is ...
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 is a legitimate tool to use since you own the Windows 10 licence as you purchased that with your laptop.
Then download Windows 10 from Microsoft's official ...
I love using Defraggler to defragment my computer. It's made by Piriform, the same company that makes CCleaner and other such software. This is what it looks like:
Lets you look at SMART information (the health of the hard drive)
Gives you a visual of what parts of the hard drive are fragmented
Lets you choose individual files to ...
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 making it, because it is a too simple thing for them, and their complex thought processes are incapable of handling it.
dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb
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:
Press CRTL + F to show the find option.
Enter "disk space" and click on "Next"
You can set the free percent warning to whatever you like.
This example ...
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 source code. VeraCrypt seems to be the best.
It is cross-platform, gratis and its source code is published on the web for peer review.
VeraCrpyt supports Windows / ...
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 size of the backup at this point.
A - Backup procedure:
Preferably connect an external hard drive, via USB, to the laptop as
the backup target.
Run "Reflect" ...
Clonezilla will do this
Need to be free for non commercial use: Its FOSS
Can create a disk image into a single file: Yes, even with multitple partitions
Can restore the single file to the hd: Absolutely. backups are no good without restores
Can save the image file into an external usb drive: Yes
Can create a boot CD/DVD to perform both image backup and ...
You can use HD Tune Pro
has a trial version so it is gratis as a one-time use software
able to check my Crucial M4 SSD and Western Digital HDD. (first-hand experience since I have both)
simple to use
I've been using it for years, always happy with it
Error scan (quick and slow scan):
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 usable, even those that Windows was failing to copy; I only lost a few photos that had too much data gone.
Spinrite may actually be more effective at fixing data, ...
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 configured every time the disk is powered up. By resetting the key inside the drive all data on the drive is instantly lost and cannot be recovered. (This is ...
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 X, where X is a number. Type clean, then format fs=EXFAT. Type assign, then type exit. It should now be correctly formatted to EXFAT. If you don't want to lose ...
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 the drive that I hook up to it. They recently added support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan!
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 if you want to give a try to them too):
PhotoRec is the only free (and open source) in the list.
When I used Windows nothing was better than MyDefrag, which was the remake of JkDefrag.
Among their pros includes:
Several scripts installed by default and ready to use for most cases you can find, from floppies to SSD's, ordered by monthly, weekly and daily use to desfragment and optimize the order of files.
Based in the MS defragmentation API, so it ...
DriveImage XML should meet your requirements.
Citations from the website matched to your criteria:
Private edition free
Backup logical drives and partitions to image files
Restore images to the same or a different drive
While I personally have never dumped disk content to USB, I think this should be ok.
Run DriveImage from our Runtime Live CD or a WinPE ...
Any live Linux CD can do this. They are both free, and open source. Ubuntu and Knoppix are probably the two most popular.
The dd command can create a copy of a hard drive and save it to a file:
dd if=/dev/hda of=/path/to/image
Where /dev/hda is the hard drive you want to copy.
To restore from the image:
dd if=/path/to/image of=/dev/hda
You do need to ...
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 data back, no one will.
1TB and 2TB of this line normally don't need an external power supply but larger ones might. I have 2 of them, a 1TB and 2TB.
I also ...
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, (GParted & GNU Parted)
TestDisk which can:
Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
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:
at the end of the session
--> looks like this:
Unlock dialog (source: gnu-designs.com; click image to enlarge)
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 platform independent, also free (as in speech and beer),... you only need to create a bootable media (CD, DVD, USB, etc.) and start from it.
an interesting option ...
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.
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, Windows Phone, iOS also. No file size limit. And it's free.
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.
a Black & Decker drill
a drop from a tall building
bury it in the garden
use your imagination for more. None of those should take 18 hours (unless you dig a really deep hole in ...
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 tool THC-SecureDelete.
For firs try I do recommend you to backup all the data first, so therefore tar the data to another disk and wipe whole disk and tar it ...
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, and Linux File System Read Write Performance Test for information on how to use them.
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 preceding osxdaily.com link:
(referring to this source code)
We only allow read/write mounts if the "nobrowse" option was also
given. This is to ...
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 your original files will be transferred over. Then disconnect your old drive and boot with your new one.
You will need to use "device to device" cloning ...