the easiest way is to use imaging software to copy the content of the old drive directly to the new drive. Believe Maxtor has such software that usually comes with their retail drives or can be downloaded from their website.
I am running XP Pro. I have a maxtor HD that is intermittent noisy and I have received an exact replacement. I need to transfer my settings and files to the new drive so I can return the noisy one. How can I accomplish this and how can up backup to a DVD. Thanks