Due to fate, I inherited a new computer as a replacement for my machine. My machine is 4 years old and it is at wit's end doing some of the more advanced stuff I want to do so the new one should be about 7X more powerful in all catagories. It is loaded with XP and so is my old machine. XP home. Here is the question. Would it be safe to simply take my hard drive out of my old computer and replace the new ones hard drive so that I can clone my old one, except for some upgraded hardware which I could load? My idea is this: Take the fresh harddrive, install it in my old machine. Mirror the old HD to it (after I mirror the fresh HD). Put the new hard drive that is mirrored in the new machine. Update for the new hardware in the new machine. Is this the fastest way to get my 200 plus programs on the new machine? All my .wav files, and serious audio software...I cringe at loading 200 programs plus with over 320 CD's. Would take a ^#$%ing month. Tell me how to do this best. I suppose the bios in the new machine are epromed so that should not be a problem. The soundcard for the old machine is not going in the new machine, I also inherited a new soundcard. When I am finished and satisfyed, the fellow I inherited the machine from, his family will get the old machine with the new machines unregistered and mirrored hard drive in it. Brand new XP. Ok. please don't hesitate to write a book on this. When you folks get a new puter, how do you go about starting over??? Please help a computer idiot.