If it's XP SP2 on the restore CDs then you can do this. WD offers a clone tool which you can use so you have 2 methods you can use.
Depending on one small detail you have one or two choices.
I have an hp pavilion a705w pc with windows xp home edition. I want to install a 250GB WD2500JB-00REA0 hard drive on it. I want this hard drive to be the only one in my pc.Unfortunately, I'm kinda new around computers and dont really know how. Would I have to buy a copy of windows to install in the new drive or can i get it to work with the recovery disks that I created? Please help.
p.s. If there's any more info that you need, tell me and I'll get it for you.