Hopefully Bob will address this but if you want to partition you will need to install Windows from scratch on the new hard drive or you need to use Symantec Ghost to copy the data from the old hard drive to the new.
The restore disks are going to put the data on the drive as it was initially with no partitions.
If you have the external enclosure, however, you should be able to copy the 'ghost' configuration from the old drive to the new drive (in external enclosure) then take off the proprietary notebook internal connector if applicable), transfer the new drive into the notebook and boot.
Or you could just install windows from scratch but you would need to load all the drivers that way yourself.
I bought a new hard drive for my Toshiba laptop. 40 GB was not nearly nuff' for the stuff I wanted to put in it. I got a new 100 GB Toshiba HD. I also bougtt an external mini HD case to convert the old HD into a portable one. I also made the 100 GB laptop HD in 2 partitions. a 30 GB and a 70 GB. When I installed my Toshiba restore CD's it got rid of my 2 partitions, and simply will not allow for a partitioned hard drive.
I would like to know if I can create a partition for my laptop hard drive once it's been turned into the system HD. (My laptop lacks a floppy drive) Thanks.