Yes I could use cloning utilities like you suggested. I haven't ever used the ones you mentioned before, so I'm not sure what all is involved. I have used the utilities included with a new hard drive that had a similar purpose, except they would copy partitions. If the source partition was smaller or equal in size to the destination partition, then all would go well.
You stated, "You can use hard disk cloning utilities like EASEUS Disk Copy or Norton Ghost, to make a clone of your existing Windows installation and transfer the same to the new hard disk."
What's a clone? Sounds like a file.
What all is involved in the action of transferring the clone to the new ... disk? Almost sounds sorta like 'unzipping' a compressed file.
If I want to clone a 120G Drive, how big is this clone going to be and where is it going to live?
You also suggested an 'other' way - a clean install of windows on the new drive, then transferring the data from the old drive to the new one.
By data, I assume you mean pictures, letters, documents, etc.
I agree that this means a reinstallation of all the SW I need (want). While this does imply a large amount of time, it is only possible if the user (me) has the required installation files/CDs. However, like I said originally, for me, they haven't existed for years, so that's not an option.
You then continued, saying, "However, you could just download the latest releases for your software collection and install them on the new hard disk."
I don't understand this instruction. One of the programs I have is Microsoft Office, Professional, 2003, SP3. Could you explain, using this program as an example, just exactly how I would go about "downloading the latest releases for" this program "and install it "on the new hard disk" - in excruciating detail, please?
I would be highly appreciative!!! I hope you can overlook my apparent 'dense-ness'.