I'm going to be getting a new 1TB hard drive for my laptop, and have some questions about it:
1. Someone told me they didn't think my laptop would support a HD that's 1TB, that I'd have to partition it into smaller sizes. Is this true? Is there any way to tell? I wouldn't mind doing that, but I'd like to know beforehand.
2. I'm going to take my old 320GB laptop hd and use a SATA to USB connector to use it as an external storage device. Since it will still have Vista installed on it (at least until I reformat it) will I be able to boot vista off it through that USB connector? If not, is there any way I could do it through other means? I'd like to use it to experiment with dual booting and partitions (since I've never managed to do either successfully) but I want to do that on a hd other than the one I'll be using in case something goes bad again.
3. I'd like to duplicate the 320 HD I have onto the new 1TB HD, but there's a problem. I know there are several utilities I can use to back up an image of a HD, but I have nowhere to store that backup image. My current HD has about 10GB free, and the SATA to USB connector I'm going to get says it only supports sizes up to 500GB. I was thinking there's a way I could put the new HD into my laptop, then use a Linux Live CD to boot up and plug in the old HD with the USB adapter and use one of those utilities to copy that HD image right onto my new one, but I'm not at all familiar with any of those procedures. A little help would be great
4. Is there anything else I should know about doing any of this?
Thanks for your assistance!