How do I install an new operating system on a new hard drive?

Hello Readers.
Last night i purchased an 300GB Maxtor 7200rpm hard drive, and a copy of Microsoft XP Professional Upgrade.

When it comes thrusday, i want to make sure i know how to install the operating system on it. Because i plan to take out my current operating system. ( one that has current OS - Windows XP Home + games + files ).

Once i take out that 40GB hard drive, i want to reattach the 300gb hard drive, which is no problem.

My question is that: Once i install the hard drive, how do i load up XP PRO? Do i just insert the disk and it goes?

My computer config:
512MB ddr-ram
40GB hard drive
Geforce FX 5500 (oc) 256mb ddr-ram 8xAGP
1.5 Years old
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As long as you have a CD-ROM drive, you should be able to boot from the Windows XP CD, then go through the installation.  You'll need to re-install your applications, and apply all service packs.  You might also want to migrate your profile from your old hard drive.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Yes, However, the upgrade is almost certainly pre Service Pack 1, which means the installer will only see the drive as 128 GB.  If you really want a C: drive of more than that, than you'll need to create a Slipstreamed version of XP with SP1 or 2.  Otherwise, install XP on a partition as large as you want (up to 128 GB seen by Windows), and then install SP1 or 2.  You'll then be able to see the remaining portion of the disk and create a new partition on it - say a "D" drive.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Also, it is POSSIBLE your computer's BIOS won't recognize the drive since it's over 128 GB.  IF that happens, try a BIOS update and see if that helps.  As a worst case, you'd need to buy another ATA controller without the BIOS limitation.  It gets a little complicated, but is otherwise still doable.
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Killer87Author Commented:
ok but still i mean leew, why would my computer identify it only as 128GB.

1. Why would the computer do that?
2. So once i install the hard-drive, will XP install fine..with no problem? Then i will go ahead and install all updates, drivers etc.

* Points are up to 300 , because this seems for diffcuilt to me *
Killer87Author Commented:
ok and leew, the upgrade has Service pack 2 preinstalled on it. So does that help the question easier?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The computer's BIOS MAY not be new enough to recognize drives over 128 GB.  It might be - but it might not be.  It's not always easy to tell.  How new is the computer?  If it's running an 865 chipset or later from Intel it'll probably be fine... but if it's a year or older, you may well have issues.  

Post the Make and Model of the computer and we MAY be able to help determine that.  Otherwise, it really might come down to just trying it.

(some hard drive manufacturers will have software to help get around these issues if they exist).

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Killer87Author Commented:
How do i find that information: Make and Model?

My computer is an: HP Pavilion 762n

i am using software SISoftware Sandra it says my computer information is:

SiSoftware Sandra

Manufacturer : Hewlett-Packard

MP Support : 1 CPU(s)
MPS Version : 1.40
Model : MS-6579
System BIOS : 06/26/2002-i845-6A69VM4XC-00
Chipset : Intel 845 (Brookdale)
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I couldn't find information on it confirming its support of drivers larger than 128 GB.  I SUSPECT you'll be ok.  If not, post another question and we can try to guide you to a resolution.  You can also try calling HP and asking them to confirm it's support of the larger drives
Killer87Author Commented:
Ok leew, how about if once i get the harddrive + XP and i install it, ill try and come back and get more info.

But now am really worried, cus i don't want to think i just spent $299.99 on a hard drive, that won't even identify it.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Don't worry - the system CAN be made to read it - as a WORST CASE scenario, you would just get a $30 ATA card and plug it in to that.
Killer87Author Commented:
Ok, but , i also have another question on another forum i made. How do i install the BIOS info, and is what are the advantages or disadvantages?

+ How do i use the ATA card?
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