I want to replace my existing HD with a larger one.I am using XP ( Home edition ) but only have the 3 recovery discs supplied by the computer manufacturer. What will be the best way of going about this replacement, will I be able to do a full backup and then copy to the new disc.? All suggestions will be most welcome.
...visiting the website of the manufacturer of the new disk - there will be software there to handle your needs, if your intention is to rerplace the original disk. But, as Diodorus says, why not have a two disk system? It makes sense - you can have your O.S. on C: and data/progs on D: [the slave].
My method would be to set your new disk as 'Slave', then as martjc says use makers solftware to 'Copy' the complete contents from old to new. When it has finished copying, set the new drive as 'Master' and the old drive as 'Slave'. You then have a complete back-up which can be updated as you wish. Cheers, Bill