Posted 19 August 2005 - 07:43 PM
1. There are several different backup methods that you could use that will provide you with a variety of results. A simple backup, ie copying files to a cd, is really only good for data; not for the programs that use the data. So, if you are going to go that route dont bother backing up the actual programs.
There are other programs you can use, Norton Ghost for example, that can effectively clone the old drive to the new drive without having to re-install anything.
2. In essence the only thing you really have to worry about in making the switch is making sure the data you want off the old drive is backed up properly.
3. Most drives will have a diagram on the drive itself showing jumpers you have to set that determine weither the drive will be the master o the slave drive. The jumper is a simple plastic tab that will cover two ajacent pins on the end of the drive. Some drives in addition to having a diagram on the top of the drive will also have the initials MS, for master, SL, for slave, and CS, for cable select, with can help in determining which pinset is the correct one to use for a particular drive.
Finally, as far as formatting and such goes all you should have to do is put in the drive and boot off of the windows xp cd. The windows setup process will give you an option to format the drive.
As usual, however, I probably missed several things here in my post. Feel free to ask of you have any more questions or need any more detail on the subject.