I will be changing my hard drive and as i have a desktop with no space for more than one hard drive it means that it will be one out one in.What's the best way ,if any ,to save the stuff on my present disc and transfer it after the swop??. I'm running XP Pro.
Load OS on to the new hard drive and then slave the old Hard disk to the new one. You should then be able to see both HDDs and be able to copy the data you wish to transfer from one to the other. Failing that. If you have a CD/RW in the computer make a disk of the data you are saving and transfer it that way.
He can't load it as a slave as there is no available tray. I would do as johnnyrocker suggests and buy an external caddy click here They are cheap and easy to connect (I have three and never throw away an old drive)