Question Clone Windows 10 for bootup on secondary drive

OffbeatBryce

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Hello,

Is there a way to clone my existing windows 10 installation on another hard drive and boot up from the secondary drive?
 

jay32267

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Hello,

Is there a way to clone my existing windows 10 installation on another hard drive and boot up from the secondary drive?
Yes.....just clone it to the secondary drive.
Then the first time I tried to boot to the secondary drive I would remove the first drive so there is no confusion.
I would also go to the BIOS before I tried to boot to the secondary drive and make sure it's on top of the boot order and save it.
 

USAFRet

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And if the software configs are that different, you don't want to do a clone anyway.

Just do a fresh install on the second drive, and configure it as needed.

 

OffbeatBryce

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And if the software configs are that different, you don't want to do a clone anyway.

Just do a fresh install on the second drive, and configure it as needed.

I tried a fresh install on a second drive and it's asking me for the windows 10 license and it wont recognize it on a new drive. That's why I was thinking Clone would work
 

USAFRet

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I tried a fresh install on a second drive and it's asking me for the windows 10 license and it wont recognize it on a new drive. That's why I was thinking Clone would work
A new install on a different drive in that same system...you can absolutely bypass entering the license key.
This is no different than a reinstall after replacing a dead drive.
 

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