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Is it possible to do a bare metal install of windows 8? (clone)

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I have a bad 750gb Hard Drive with windows 8 and I have purchased a new 1tb hard drive. I tried to copy the data over sector by sector with a SATA hard drive duplication device but it doesn't seem to be working. is there another way of doing this without having to buy another copy of windows 8 and installing it?
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by:tailoreddigital
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Do you have the serial for Windows somewhere else?

Does the bad hard drive still boot to Windows?  

If so, extract the serial with,
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/
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by:cwilson22
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No I don't have the serial number and the system does not boot to windows.
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If the drive will mount on another system,  this utility can scan it for keys,
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
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Insert The new hard drive, start win 8 setup from any setup DVD. If included in the bios, the key will NOT be asked for.
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by:nobus
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try the free paragon B&R for it  :http://www.paragon-software.com/free/
alternatively, you can run the disk diagnostic to repair your drive, or HDDRegenerator (not free) :        http://www.dposoft.net/hdd.html
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by:nobus
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what solution did you use??
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by:cwilson22
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we were able to clone the data over using xcopy and then windows 8 tried to repair itself. that failed so then we just did a factory reset and everything came up.
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by:nobus
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then i don't see why you credited the posts above
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by:cwilson22
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A mistake on my part.
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if you want, you can ask a mod to reopen the Q and close it correct
use request attention
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