Originally Posted by guyladouche
Don't use Ghost--it doesn't always properly clone windows installations (in my experience). Generally, if you buy a good-quality HD, the software that comes with it has whatever you'll need. For example, Seagates come with disktools, which, after you install, will prompt you for what you want to use the drive as, and set it up accordingly (even for cloning your drive).
Regarding your IDE issue--you should have a primary and slave port on a single IDE channel--you might need to disconnect an ATA optical drive to install the new hard drive, which is going to be an issue since you'll need to have the optical drive for setting up your new hard drive...
Personally, I use Ghost 2003 which clones from DOS... Works just great for me.
(and yes, I realize that they don't sell this version anymore...)
I also use Acronis True Image, which should also work.