So, the title almost speaks for itself, however i will try to explain everything in a detailed way.
I currently have a Windows 8 (upgraded for free to Win 8.1) OEM License Key.
The License key isn't in any kind of sticker, and the OS was already built in.
I don't know if the license is binded to the motherboard as usual happens for OEM licenses or if it is binded to the HDD (someone said me that this could be possible aswell). I don't really know much about this, but maybe these informations may be usefull to determine if it is binded to the HDD or not: except for the main partition and the recovery image partition, my HDD currently has: 1) Windows RE tools partition; 2) SYSTEM partition; 3) "*" 128 MB partition (reserved) 4) 450 MB partition (recovery)
However, the problem is that i bought a new ssd (i can use it both as external or internal disk since i have an external box to adapt it to USB).
I would like to perform a clean install of Windows on this new disk, i have thought also about cloning my current HDD but at the moment i received an error, a sector of my HDD may be compromised since Todo EaseUS isn't able to read and clone it. This convinced me to just turn to the clean installation.
So, how can i do?
I know i have a lot of options that may be usefull, but i don't know exactly how they work since this is the first time i do a clean install of windows with an OEM license: i could use the mediacreation tool, i can create a recovery unit, i could clone just the system partitions on the new ssd and then launch the recovery tool.
At the moment i have two different license keys of my OEM windows i got with two different methods: one with a third-party software, the other from the registry. I don't know which is the right one but i guess i could try.
Here are the final questions:
1) How do the various method works? (Recovery unit, Mediacreationtool...) What are the differences and which is the best?
2) What about the license? Is it binded to the motherboard? Will windows ask me for it after the clean install? Do you think that i could use the one extracted from my current system?
EDIT: Additional question: is there a way to install windows on the new SSD using it as an EXTERNAL disk?
Sorry for the long time it took to read my question and thank you in advance.
Edited by donisonleague, 03 December 2015 - 08:23 AM.