What vendor mfr for your computer (asking about restore/recovery disks also since some vendors are hardware specific with their recovery disks so once the info is transferred, I would suggest that you not wipe the original harddrive and instead put it up on a shelf for safe keeping for future use if need be)
Most times the harddrive mfr has tools either on the installation disk that comes with the drive if retail (you don't get it with OEM drives) or that you can download from their site that will copy the old drive to the new one exact.
(I'm a long-time PC tech, so don't be afraid to get technical.)
I finally have my C: drive just the way I want it. Nice and stable with all my software configured just right, but I've outgrown my tiny C: drive and want to replace it with something bigger and faster.
I've replaced my EIDE C: drive a number of times in the past, but in each of those times, I replaced it with another EIDE. Now I want to take advanage of the SATA Raid-0 capability of my MoBo, and I'm concerned with trying to ''Ghost'' (metaphorically speaking) my EIDE drive to two SATA Raid drives.
What is the surest way to perfectly clone my existing 20GB EIDE C: partition, and move it to two SATA drives that will be using Raid-0 striping (and a much larger partition)?