If you are planning to use the new hdd in the same computer as the old hdd...then you can clone the old hdd...if the new hdd is the same size or larger.
If you plan to use the new hdd on a different computer after cloning from old hdd....then that likely won't work and Microsoft would likely see it as an illegal install.
I think that is some of what SleepyDude is asking you to explain....
Edited by buddy215, 21 June 2017 - 05:56 AM.
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