could i not do it using the old and the new hdd only( without a desktop or an external drive) somehow? what i have thought is buing a hdd case creating a mirror of the old hdd to the new; then installing the new and use the old one as an external backup. Can it be done? can you explain the procedure please?
Unless your laptop has space for two hard drives in it (which is possible but very unlikely) the only way you're going to clone anything from it onto another drive is by use of another computer. Since most desktop PCs have the ability to connect at least four devices simultaneously, it's the easiest way to do it.
What you would do is connect the two drives up and any cloning software you want - most common is Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image but others are available - a list of alternatives is here:http://www.thefreeco...pandimage.shtml
The software would then copy your existing drive onto the new one - a process known as cloning. You'd end up with the same stuff on two hard drives. Then you simply put the new one back in your laptop and switch it on. If all went well, whoop and cheer. If it didn't, bad luck.