I can't reply because this site is broken, but the problem with cloning is first the old drive is 250 gig so unless I want only half a drive I can't clone (right?).
Also number 2 is that the drive is broken (or at least it stopped functioning so I pulled it until I could get a new drive to emergency copy onto)
If the drive is broken, how will you copy anything out of it anyway?
If it's not broken, and the drive is full with data, you can't copy it to a smaller drive no matter what command you use.
Just a regular Copy does not use xcopy at all, totally different things. If you already know how to use xcopy, just use that, but the issue is again, if you say the drive is broken, no command will work with it.
You can also copy only the used space of a drive during a cloning process, take a look at AOMEI Partition Assistant http://www.disk-partition.com/resource/clone-os-to-new-hard-drive.html.