and neither, I'm going to assume I need a new copy of 7? to which I can get, should I do so, how will a new copy effect my settings and everything on the HD? as I've always bought new as opposed to upgrade.
You dont have to get a new one, but cloning without the repair disk is just harder (I've also never done it). Oh never mind. you can create a system repair disk if you have a blank cd. Here's how: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2083-system-repair...
Once you've done that, I can help you with getting your cloned OS to boot.
Swap the drives but leave the old one unconnected. Boot up and the attach the old drive, power first & wait for it to finish spinning up, the connect the data cable. now you should be able to delete to old partition and create a new blank one.
Agree with popatim... make sure the clone is the only one connected and it will boot. You can then either connect the other drives while it is up and running, or it has worked for me to then shut down the system and connect the other drives (and ensure the cloned drive cable is in SATA 0 port) and it should still boot from the cloned drive.