I have a good working system currently in use where everything works OK and want to transfer the hard drives ( there are two physical hard drives ) to a new motherboard that uses a faster Intel ( as opposed to the current AMD ) processor.
I have done the preliminaries on the old system, including cloning the two hard drives to two hard drives that have more capacity and all works OK.
Just in case of a catastrophe I have the original C drive on the smaller hard drive currently off line and disconnected - but it works OK.
I have copied the content of the XP Pro installation disk to a folder on the new ( C: ) hard drive that will be in use on the new mother board as I realize all the drivers will need to be loaded for the new motherboard. There is loads of space spare now on the hard drives I intend to use on the new mother board setup.
I have done this before, years ago, and I seem to remember that the best strategy to use when installing the drives on the new mother board is to initially boot into safe mode and then let the system discover the new hardware. The system then worked OK.
I have also done it before and had a failure.
What is the best sequence of events to follow to ensure a functioning system on the new motherboard installation with the old hard drives.
I have so much installed on the working system and so many saved passwords etc that I really do not want to re-install the whole system on the new motherboard setup.
Any suggestions welcome.