The new HD will come with cloning software that will make an exact copy of the old drive. Place it into the PC as slave, run the cloning software, remove the old drive, set the new drive to master, done.
All my drives (many) are Seagate.
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I have an HP Pavilion 554x, 2.4ghz Pentium IV, 504mb RAM, 50gb HD. I want to buy a new hard drive that is slightly larger, and install Windows XP from scratch. I don't want to create backups of the recovery partition because I assume that at least some part of what exists on the current HD would then be carried over onto the new one. So, I need to know what HD I should be looking for, anything about 80-250GB should be plenty. I also need to know exactly what I'm going to have to do from the point after I install the HD (which I think I can handle, I guess it's just "plug it in to the IDE cable"). I heard that I need hardware drivers, etc. I already have a couple of licensed copies of XP, so I don't need to worry about that. Where should I start?