Replacing Hard Drive and Transferring OS with it

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I currently have a 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive and was thinking about replacing it with a Velociraptor 300GB and then just using the old hard drive for files. What is the easiest way to get my OS, games, files, etc from the old hard drive to the new one?? This is all housed in a relatively new Alienware Desktop.
 
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Clone the drive. Most retail version drives have some kind of software with them that will clone a drive, then just format the original drive afterwards in Disk Management. If not then Acronis True Image will do that for you.
 
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Install the new drive as a secondary drive, then use cloning software to clone the old drive to the new one, once this is done swap the drives around and boot from the new one, once you are to the desktop, you can go to disk management and delete the partition(s) from the old drive, then create a new partition and format is for storage.

Use the free WD software to clone it

http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&wdc_lang=en

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