How do i move / clone windows XP to a different hard drive and make that the primary boot drive.

I am currently running XP from my older hard drive ( IDE ) and i want to just copy it across to my Ultra 320 scsi drive to speed up things.. i figure my hard drive being a hell of a lot faster would help speed up windows operation so this is why i want my SCSI drive to be the primary boot drive.

I dont really feel like re-installing windows from scratch and this is why i want to use some kind of program to simply shift my install over to the new hard drive so i dont have to re-install all my programs etc.. is this possible?.. I have heard about norton ghost.. which i have as part of system works, however i cant see how i would do it using this. If its possible using ghost or any other app i would love to know how and how to set it to be the primary boot drive ( im guessing its just pin settings )

Help is much appreciated...
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jhanceCommented:
In the past I'd have recommended Drive Image from PowerQuest but Symantec bought them and the product is gone.  Ghost is not a good tool for this from my experience.  It's bog, slow, and doesn't do a true image any more.

I like Acronis Software's True Image now.  It will take the contents of your IDE drive and copy it to the SCSI drive.
crazijoeCommented:
The drive manufacturer should have a utility that will copy or "clone" your old drive to the new drive. It wil be an exact copy, bootible and all.
CallandorCommented:
I have used Ghost 9 and Acronis True Image 8 - both will do the job, though I lean towards Acronis ($49) because they also have a server version for industrial use and the experience will show.  Drive manufacturers also have cloning software, but it's not as flexible and it may not work with SCSI.
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Anton74Commented:
One other thing: making the new drive the boot drive is something you have to change in the BIOS settings. I suppose before you make the switch, make sure that this is in fact possible (it should). If not, you may have to have a bootloader on the old drive.

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willcompCommented:
Word of caution:  After copying old drive, disconnect it until you verify that copy is good and can delete partition(s) and boot sector.  Two bootable drives with same version of Windows is a recipe for confusion and disaster.
robin286Commented:
I use Casper XP and really like it -- I've cloned 3 hard drives without any problems, and it is simple to use.  You can get more info and download a free trial at http://www.fssdev.com/products/casperxp/.
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