Originally Posted by The Sheep
Would it not be easier to install Windows on the new HDD, then connect the old one, and copy what he needs onto the new one? Then you have the old one as a backup.
I agree, thats what I'd do, get a new hard drive and install windows on that. Then connect the old drive as a slave in the new pc and copy the files over. Then wipe the old drive and use it for storage.
Or.....If you actually have an old drive laying around, you could install it in your pc right now and copy all the important files over and then take and install the hard drive from the old pc to the new pc and proceed with the windows install. Then just connect the storage drive again as a slave and copy the files over.
Or.....you could buy an inexpensive external usb drive to use as a storage drive to copy the files over. Just connect it to the new pc when you are all done and copy the files over.
There are a few ways you could do it, just depends on your situation.