How to replace IDE boot drive with SATA boot drive?
I have a system with XP and a very small IDE boot drive. I'll list specs, in case it matters, but I think someone will know the answer of this pretty easily.
I want to replace the small IDE hard disk drive with a large (640GB) SATA drive. I do not want to start over from scratch, reinstalling the OS and all the software (I know how to do that.) I know there are hard disk imaging/cloning software programs, and I'm sure they could restore to a duplicate (new) HDD in case of a crash, but I don't know if I can just install a new SATA drive (let's call it "E"), clone the existing C drive (IDE) right onto the new E drive, then just reboot, go into BIOS and set drive E as the boot drive. Will that work? Is it as easy as that?
What about the tiny partition that the current C drive now has - how do I change the new boot drive to use the full capacity of the drive as one huge partition (or, if I have to partition smaller, then at least I need a bigger partition than what the IDE drive had - 40GB.)
Or, are there other steps in the process?
I have never used Norton Ghost, or any other disk imaging/disk cloning software. I see an open source application called "SelfImage" http://selfimage.excelcia.org/
that looks promising and certainly the right price. Any specific recommendation for software? I don't need scheduling, encryption, or fancy features - just something for this task.
Thank you in advance for your help!
system specs (in case it matters):
Windows XP, SP3
MB: Albatron PX865PEC Pro (not rev 2: only SATA 1 supported)
C drive: Seagate ST340014A
new SATA drive: WD Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
I am told that drive will operate at SATA-1 speed, due to the MB support only for SATA-1)