hi,,,, if its a manufactured pc,,, ie dell ,, hp,,, acer and the like it will be an oem addition of vista and this disc will be for that pc only and will carry all the drivers for the hardware in that pc,,, ie,, your disc drive, if its a home build with the os added then it could be a full disc or still an oem disc (builders) and will carry generic drivers for hardware and not specific drivers for named hardware,,,, i would take out the maxtor drive,,, connect the new one and then try boot from the disc,,, if it does not work then try this out,,,, make a bootable flashdrive with the disc and then boot and clean install from this maybe ???http://maximumpcguides.com/windows-vista/c...-windows-vista/
hope this helps
just one more thing,,,, when booting from the disc you need to set the boot priority to the disc drive as 1st boot in the bios,,,, is the drive seen in there then or not ??????