• Yes, assuming you didn't encrypt it.
  • That registry corruption could be due to viruses. Viruses in the partition table will not make it accessible to Vista. Download this ISO file and burn it on to a CD: Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD Connect the old hard disk and boot the PC using this CD. It will be almost like Windows XP. It will recognize your old and new hard disks. Copy the important files on the old disk to the new disk. Keep only the old hard disk and remove the new one. Boot the PC using Windows XP CD. Remove all partitions and create new partitions of a different number. Connect the new hard disk and boot the PC using Vista. You can use the old disk after formatting through Vista.
  • Yes. But you would be easier just running a Linux LiveCD instead and leaving the Hard drive alone.

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