Installation of Windows XP on a second disk hard SATA and booting from it.

History:
I have a two year old computer and it becomes slow to start.  Its a P4 dual core 2.8GHz with 3 GB of RAM and a hard drive SATA 320 G, that left only 60 GB.  I tried to uncheck all unnecessary items at startup using msconfig, but its still quite slow.

Proposed solution:
I bought a new HDD SATA of 500G and I thought performing a new installation of Windows XP on the new drive and boot from that.  I want to leave the old disk, as is if I can still access the programs and files that I have on this subject. That said, I will migrate probably all programs and regularly used files on the old drive on a new and let all my media files on the former.  I don't want to copy all just above (picture disc) because it will bring all the junk with her.

I backed up my important data to an external drive.

Issues related to the:
Is there a problem to have windows XP on both drives?  Will I need to do anything to access my old programs on the start menu in a "new window" - what do I have to reinstall or can I just copy them into folder "program files" the new windows?  What is a reasonable way to speed up my machine?

Thank you very much for your answers.

You want to move the old SATA disk to controller 1 (although leave of you for now disconnect) and put the new drive on controller 0 and then install XP. Then set the old drive to the secondary SATA controller. You will need to install programs on the new drive; You may not copy or use the old disk. To stay in compliance with the EULA and activate the new XP successfully, you need to remove the old XP and just use the old disk to store data. MS - MVP - Elephant Boy computers - don't panic!

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