While the new hard drive may contain the files that were on the old one, there are several important differences:
1) The boot files are located on a particular place on the drive - copying them won't preserve this location.
2) Windows has numerous settings that depend on knowing which piece of hardware was where when it starts. Since the new hard drive isn't in this "database" - the computer has no idea of what or how to deal with it.
3) Lastly, a copy will not move your Windows installation from one drive to another - there are too many variables involved. You'll have "clone" your hard drive to the new one (using a utility that's usually free from the hard drive manufacturer). Now, I'm guessing here, but I expect that XP would be able to start from this new hard drive without the need for a repair install. If it's unable to boot from the new drive once it's cloned (you'll see the Blue Screen of Death if it crashes), then you'll have to do a repair install. Instructions are here: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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