PowerSpec Clone C: Drive Windows Activation? — Micro Center

PowerSpec Clone C: Drive Windows Activation?

Hello, I recently purchased a PowerSpec G436 and noticed the MSI Z490 Plus mainboard has another available m.2 slot. I was going to purchase a WD 1TB Black SSD when I noticed it's faster than the pre-installed WD 1TB Blue in the PowerSpec. Because of this, I'd like to move the operating system over to it.

Can I simply install the WD Black drive in the second m.2 slot, clone the entire WD Blue drive in the first m.2 slot to it, then swap their slots and wipe the WD Blue to be used as storage? If so, should I expect any issues with the Windows 10 Pro version that came pre-activated after cloning the OS drive?



  • Hello @czarship. Welcome to the community.

    I'd recommend using cloning software to do this, but yes, you should be able to do just that.

    The OS activation key is tied to the motherboard and should not have an issue with just one part change.

    Please let us know if you have any questions about this.

  • Thanks for the quick response @Landennnn! Yes, I'll be using EaseUS Todo Backup to clone the entire drive, ensuring boot and recovery partitions are retained. Good to know about the activation, thanks very much!

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