Thanks very much for all the help !
The installation went smoothly,so far so good.
To start, win xp , add drivers, and then games = 2 hours.
SP2 which I have on CD,Langa that PC guy, has an article
on how to make it a bootable CD,which works.
I have to install an Indigo video patch for one of my games..
hence start with SP1 .
Install 55 XP updates = 30 minutes .
Physically attach old HD, and transfer files = 3 hours!
Install VectorLinux uh = 30 minutes (or less!)
A full days work :-) , and then 'customize' all my settings.
On first boot, Vector worked perfectly !
I had one small glitch -
placed the icon for change screen size in system tray,
made the adjustments, then when clicked OK, my monitor
developed a ghost image. Tried changing the Resolution, refresh,no difference.
Logged off root, and logged back in. Works fine. Problem solved!
Second minor incident - no sound!
Ah, the default volume settings was at zero.
Adjust , and we have sound!