CDRecorder has given some good advice.
(1) preferable to have them on separate IDE channels, transfer will be quicker that way.
(2) yes, no problem, things will just go slower.
(3) "regular" data file you just copy over fron one Windows Explorer window to another like CDRecorder said.
open one window to (old drive): D:\<whereever your files are>
another one to (new drive): C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\My Documents\OLDSTUFF for example. or if you like better C:\OLDSTUFF. now just copy by dragNdrop.
: i suggest you verify
whatever file you copy. i like CDCheck
. do a Compare operation to make sure files are copied over identically with no errors. it takes time but definitely worth it IMO.
you do not
want to copy over all of the hard drive. you don't want to copy the Windows files and folders and installed programs. those you'll have to reinstall anyway. just whatever data files you want to keep.
as for Favorites, i don't know where they are on your old hard drive (depends on the version of Windows you have). however i suggest you copy them to C:\Documents and Settings\<your username>\OLD FAVORITES\ so as to differentiate them from ones already on the new drive. you can always Organize Favorites to your liking.
as for copying over stuff related to Outlook Express (mail folders, contacts, mail accounts), direct copying isn't recommended.
check out Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 270670
http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -US;270670
(note: even though it doesn't say it's for WinXP, the instructions there works for me on XP too).