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This is the finest suggestion I can find here. I would like to add that the jumper pin connections on the new drive will first have to be set to slave unless you have no Secondary Channel master in your computer (this is rather unlikely), before you install it in your computer. Pay close attention to how to change that jumper pin setting from master to slave, so you don't have to pull the drive after you copy all your files from the old to the new drive.
AFTER YOU MOVE THE FILES and the computer is not giving you any messages to restart, shut it down and change the settings on the jumpers for both drives so that the new drive is master and the old drive is slave.
I would recommend getting partition magic for such a large drive and put downloads of any software you like from the internet on a seperate partition, and if you like documents on yet another partition. Partitions are especially useful if you network your computer, it makes setting up network drives that point to different sorts of data much easier. Seperate partitions are also a good place to back up program user settings data to for the following instance (drives can totally fail though, so the best back up leaves the machine after back up).
If you have your documents and downloads saved on a seperate partition, should you fall victim to a virus or if anything ever becomes corrupted on your system any other way, it's much simpler to just wipe the system partition and reinstall the OS, all your programs and anything saved on that download partition.
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