I have two hard drives C: and D:
C: is 7 or 8 years old and I want to replace it by a new, bigger drive. It contains the original XP plus updates to S3 plus all my programs. Its total size is 146GB of which 63GB is free.
D: is data of various kinds and the drive is quite full waiting for me to delete something. Its total size is 596GB of which 135GB is free.
I also have an old external WD drive of size 232GB of which 112 GB is free.
I have Acronis True Image Home 2010 and regularly take backups of various kinds to the external disk.
What strategy do you suggest to somehow copy C:, fit a new drive and then copy back? I want to preserve the programs - it would be tiresome to re-install everything. XP was factory installed and I do not have a disk.
1.There is only space for 2 disk drives in the computer. Should I physically remove D: and put the new one in its place?
2. When you say "swap the drives" is this a physical swap or is it something else?
3. From my questions, you will see I know very little about the hardware. Is what I am wanting to do a reasonable job for me or should I seek professional help?
You could put the new drive in an external enclosure but, if you don't have one or don't want to, you could physically remove your D: drive and replace it with the new one. If it's IDE you will need to set it as a slave.
Then clone C: to the new drive. Remove both drives, set the new drive to master (if IDE) and put it in place of the old C: drive. Replace your original D: drive. Check that it all works before disposing of the old drive.
I would strongly recommend an external drive for making backups and/or for extra storage as, if you have a HDD go belly up you could lose everything on it.
First I suggest you check whether the drives are IDE or SATA (you say 7 or 8 yrs old, so could be either). If all drives are SATA, disconnect D and plug those leads into new one. Then clone as FB suggests. If IDE, a bit more work is involved with jumpers on the back of the drives.