I have used Linux tools to modernize older systems with SSD drives:

  • format & partition new SSD (gParted)
  • migrate OS + apps (clonezilla, )

I am seeking to upgrade a Macbook Air MacBookAir4,1 (11-inch, Mid 2011) (outfitted with El Capitan and Office 2011) SSD documented here.


When the SSD drive is upgraded, it has been my experience that Office 'sees' the change and will require a product key, which was never issued to the owner, despite the owner providing a receipt for purchasing the laptop and Office. Microsoft acknowledges the purchase however it was unable to provide a product key.


Create a partition that is identical to the original drive to prevent Office from 'seeing' the change.


  1. Is the partition change the root cause of the Office issue and will the above strategy prevent office from demanding a product key?

  2. What are the measurements (parameters) that define a partition so as to size and reconstruct the partition on the new drive?

closed as off-topic by Rui F Ribeiro, Michael Homer, Shadur, Wouter Verhelst, X Tian May 17 at 10:03

  • This question does not appear to be about Unix or Linux within the scope defined in the help center.
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.


If your laptop is running OSX, just make a backup with time machine on an external disk, then change the laptop HDD with your SSD, boot the laptop using the recovery mode and reload your time machine backup.

  • Will time-machine prevent the Office 2011 product-key demand? – gatorback May 14 at 12:58
  • What would be the purpose of a backup system to ask you to re-enter your serial keys if you restore your machine ? :D – darxmurf May 14 at 14:25
  • 1
    Unfortunately, Microsoft designed Office to monitor changes in the hard drive and demand a product activation key. I think it was designed to ensure that users pay for using their software and follow their rules. The intent is to upgrade to a larger drive: having a backup is a nice bonus – gatorback May 14 at 14:55
  • I'm pretty surprised about that in fact. – darxmurf May 14 at 15:11

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.