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transfering files from old comp to new- best method

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I recently finished a new build using SATA drives. The old comp has PATA drives- a 80GB and a 120 or 200GB ( I can't remember.) I have another 300GB SATA that I want to use to transfer all the files from the old comp to the new. The new box runs XP, but I wanted to use the new SATA drive to set up dual boot for Vista (since I got the upgrade when I purchased the OS for the new box.)

I figure I can use a pata 2 Sata adapter and put the new SATA drive in the old comp to copy my files. So my questions are:

A. Will that work?
B. What file system should I format the SATA with so I can set it up for dual boot supporting Vista in the new comp.?
C. What difficulties might I encounter transfering the files this way?
D. Is there a better way to do the transfer and set up the dual boot?

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