Windows 10 Backup and Restore

Hi,
 
 I have a windows 10 Professional PC where I need to replace the hard drive.
 The computer originally came with Windows 7 Pro and I upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro for FREE via Microsoft Assisted Technology web page. I run Windows Backup to an external USB hard drive. I purchased a new hard drive.

 What is the best way to restore everything to the new hard drive without having to activate Windows 10 OS license?

 I thought about a couple of methods:
 (1) Run a Acronis Hard Drive Copy to duplicate the contents of old HD on the new HD. I am afraid that it will prompt for OS activation once I boot the computer with new HD.
 (2) Install Windows 7 Pro (and activate it using production key on COA that came with the computer) on a new HD and upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro for FREE via Microsoft Assisted Technology again and run RESTORE using Windows Backup and Restore program from external USB hard drive.

What do you suggest?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can use a backup tool of your choice. Windows 10 was running and so the licensing is held in the Microsoft Licensing server and it will activate on the new drive.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Nothing can sidestep needing to activate again.. If you are really only changing the hard drive then the system should reactivate just fine. But if you are looking for a way to back up and restore and not have the system attempt to verify the license, it just isn't (legally) possible.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I will try drive copy first and report back.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have built my spare from scratch and it was activated by itself from the licensing server
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Jackie ManIT ManagerCommented:
Clone Disk
Install the new HDD as a secondary HDD and use "Clone Disk" of Acronis True Image to do the task.
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arnoldCommented:
Commonly the new drive manufacturer site support section will provide a tool you can use to clone the system.
You could also use the existing drive manufacturer's support to get a cloning tool.
Commonly, he tool looks for a drive of the oem manufacturer for which the tool is licensed..

Depending inthe drive size new and old,and the connection type I.e. Are you connecting the new drive viaUSBor saga...

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nobusCommented:
as said - there will be NO activation problems - if you image your drive to the new disk,, using Drive copy or any other imaging tool.
you may also install windows 10 fresh - it will aslo activate - you just need to copy your data back then

and surely - you should not have to install windows 7 again, to start from

if you tell us what system you use - we can detail the steps more
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
Situation has been changed.
My original plan was to duplicate existing hard drive on the new HD using HD copy software. I tried, but it failed in the middle due to errors on the original/source HD. I ran Seatools, but it failed Smart Test.
So I have two options:
(1) Since the PC came with Win7 Pro, install Win7 Pro from DVD and upgrade to Windows 10 via Assisted technology and perform a complete image restore from Window backup on external USB hard drive.
(2) Start the computer with Windows 10 Pro DVD, choose repair option on the setup screen and perform a complete image restore.


What do you suggest?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I suggest you use option 2 as it takes way more time to go back to Windows 7
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arnoldCommented:
yes if you need to software that came with the PC if this is an OEM PC. then you would need to go 1 and then upgrade.
if you do not you can use the win10 image restore..

not sure how you are trying to copy, but several tools include the option to skip the error and proceed.

Presumably you already backed up your data....
you could use wbadmin to image the drive and then use step 2, but it means the location to which you image the drive has to be separate from the new/replacement  drive.......
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nobusCommented:
you can also try to repair the disk; i have often used HDDRegenerator for it - it saved a lot of drives for me
run the tool -  and let it scan the disk -  if it finds errorsAND repairs the first sectors, you can buy it to run on the whole drive
http://www.dposoft.net/hdd.html
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I loaded Win 10 Pro DVD and selected Repair and I am restoring System Image as of Nov 8. I will report back with the result.
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
About 50% into restring, i failed with the error.

The system image restore failed. "The parameter is incorrect (0x80070057)"

Maybe Windows backup image on external USB HD is also corrupt or bad.

I started my option 1 method already as I have spent way too much time on this.

Thank you all.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Could be the image or an issue with the computer hardware
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
"Could be the image or an issue with the computer hardware" --> agreed! if the latter, then we will find out as I install OS from the scratch.
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nobusCommented:
did you test the disk with the proper manufacturer diag ? that's the first step to take
for WD drives - here the Lifeguard tool:  
https://support.wdc.com/downloads.aspx?p=3

and run the LONG test plse
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sgleeAuthor Commented:
I will run WD Lifeguard tool and try to repair it first. I will  report back.
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arnoldCommented:
Does the system boot, install acronis for wd downloadable from wdc.com support..
You run the application to clone the drive from within the running OS, and it will perform the clone....
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