Will I Need New Licenses If I Clone My C Drive SSD (Windows 10 OS Drive) To Replace The Current One?

After three years of use, I am finding that I don’t have enough storage space on my SSD(C drive is on this SSD). So I plan to clone this SSD to a larger one and use the cloned SSD to replace the old one. However, I am concerned about losing the license key after replacement. Will I need a new license for my Windows? 

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Larissa· Answered on Nov 15, 2023

The answer is NO if you are using the same laptop or computer. You don't need a new license key to activate Windows after cloning.

The license key is a code to activate Windows and verify that the Windows system hasn't been used on more PCs than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow. 

So, the issue of requiring a new license key won't happen if you clone the Windows OS to another SSD and use it on the original device.

Disk cloning is an easy way to migrate data from one disk to another without losing it. While cloning the C drive SSD to a new one, choosing a reliable disk cloning software is the key to a successful cloning procedure. EaseUS Disk Copy is one of these.

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It allows you to clone C drive SSD with several simple clicks. It can clone a smaller disk to a larger one and vice versa. It supports various types of SSD, including STATA SSD, M.2 SSD, NVMe SSD, etc., and is also compatible with almost all brands of SSDs.

With this easy-to-use yet powerful program, you can easily clone a C drive SSD to a new larger one and activate your Windows without a new license key.

  • Launch EaseUS Disk Copy and select Disk Mode.
  • Select the SSD that contains C drive as the source disk, and click Next.
  • Choose the new SSD as the target disk, and click Next.
  • Check the layout of the cloned disk, and click Proceed to start the cloning task.

After cloning, you can unplug the old SSD and replace it with the new cloned one without hassle. You don't need a new license key, and it will boot from the new SSD successfully.

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