Things you need to know before cloning:how to clone my Hard Drive
Disk Imaging is considered different than Cloning.I am attempting to use MS own cloning utility located Control Panel, System and Security, Backup and Restore (Windows 7), Create a System Image.
Docking stations are great if you have the need. My old Thermaltake BlacX has been terrific, albeit at the now slower transfer speeds of eSATA. I have cloned an SSD through it, but usually it is for back ups.It looks like I will have to buy one of these HD cloners.
What is a SATA 1.5? If you mean a "SATA I" drive then max data throughput of 1.5 Gb/s, but expect much slower if using an external enclosure or docking station connected to a USB port.SATA 1.5 80 GB HD
If there is a SATA plug and a power plug available to connect to the 2nd hard drive then the BIOS/EUFI should recognize it. The HD may need to be formatted and partitioned in order to use. To make the 2nd drive the "Boot" drive will need you to go into the BIOS/EUFI and select it as the boot drive if there are more than one HD's available and a different HD is the boot drive.To run two hard drives in this computer you have to know the secret way to go in and change the BIOS or something.
This question is not as easy as cloning. People have had good and bad experiences with manufacturers and will stay away from one while others swear by the same. There is a small amount of reasonable testing data on HD longevity, but you could still get a lemon.OK so I need to order a 3.5 inch SATA 3.0 HD 2TB but what brand.