You will need these CDs at some point no matter what you do. An option is to use the HP Recovery CDs for a fresh install.
Does the computer have a recovery partiton on the current hard drive?
HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Recovering the System after the Hard Drive Is Replaced
Purchasing Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost is not necessary. The free software from the new hard drive maker can clone an image of the old hard drive onto the new one, but this may be complicated if the new hard drive is SATA.
Is the new hard drive an SATA model? (What's the model number?)
Format with NTFS for XP.
I have an HP Media Center Edition 876x running Windows XP, SP 2. I recently bought a new, larger hard drive for my computer and I want to transfer everything over to it and use it as my master drive.
I have a couple of questions about this.
1. First of all do I or should I do this or just leave the old C: drive as it is? (I read that it would be better to switch)
2. what format should i use when i initialize it?
3. do i need to do any allocating on it?
4. After it is formated do i just copy everything over using something like Acronis software or just drag and drop?
Thanks for your help. I am sure i will have more questions later.