In an easy to follow direction: How do i Install a New Hard-drive, and deal with the New Operating System?

Hello, this is another new question spawned from my orginial.

I purchased from best buy last night ( online ) a 300GB maxtor 7200rpm Hard-Drive and Microsoft: windows XP Professional upgrade w/SP2.

I currently have an 40GB hard drive with Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2.

1. My question is that, How ( in easy steps ) do i Install the new hard drive?

and

2. How easy is it to then install the new operating system, on a fresh, brand new hard drive?

* i was told that the computer would identify it as 128gb???? how do i avoid this? *
The points are 500, because i find this harder, then i thought it would be. And paying $99.95 is better then paying 150+ for somebody else to do. Thanks guys! + gals!
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spoonerismCommented:
The computer may or may not see the drive as 128GB depending on BIOS etc.

If I were you I would try installing the OS first and see what the drive shows as.
If it is not seen as the correct size load a BIOS update and try again.
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Killer87Author Commented:
umm. So i basically install the harddrive then do it regular w/ OS?
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Killer87Author Commented:
Thank you
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spoonerismCommented:
In my opinion that is the easiest way to determine if the system will see the full 300GB. If the drive shows as smaller than you can work on it from there.
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Killer87Author Commented:
TY, i accepted your answer :)
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