I am giving serious thought to finally upgrading from Windows XP SP3 to\nWindows 8. I have the ASUS M3A motherboard.\n\nFirst, does anyone know if I can upgrade straight from XP to 8? Or would I\nneed to upgrade to Vista or Windows 7 first, then to Windows 8?\n\nSecond, I have two 750 GB hard drives as well as a third 3 TB hard drive,\nall internal. When I installed the 3 TB drive last year, I had to run\nspecial software, Seagate Disk Wizard, in order to make the full 3 TB\nvisible to XP. If I upgrade to Win8, will the install magically enable Win8\nto see all the data on the 3 TB drive without taking any special\nprecautions? Or will I need to do something first, like backing up all the\ndata, reformatting the 3 TB drive, doing the install of Win8, then loading\nall the data back on the 3 TB drive?\n\nAre there any other gotchas that I should expect while upgrading to Win8?\n\nIt's not that I particularly want or need Win8 but it feels like it's\nfinally time to retire XP in favour of something from this decade. With\nsupport on XP dropping any day now - or is it already gone? - and Win8 being\na lot more affordable than Win7, this feels like the right move to make. I'm\njust trying to anticipate any problems that might come along during the\nupgrade.