i'd like to thank the posters for this thread and its suggestions. i just got a Kingston SSD 120Gb and switched my old hd to a secondary position - it doesn't seem to have any way of selecting "slave" on it, it's a 500 Gb Seagate.
i also saw this thread and installed Device Notifier and set it to "Automount the devices". Rebooted and Bingo! there was my old drive under /mount.
A note on this file transfer from old drives to new, ssd ones - It Takes A Long Time - to copy files from the old one to the new one.
Have a great morning!