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I am trying to build a new computer and have a question. I am using an Intel D875PBZLK w/P4 2.8 GHz CPU and 1GB RAM. I am using a GForce FX5200 video card and new 450W power supply. I plan on using the CD and floppy from my old computer. Here is what I want to to do. My old computers motherboard died so I re-using as many parts as I can. I want to use the hard drives (less than 6 months old) from the old computer. All of my programs and OS (WIN98SE) are on them. I do plan to upgrade to W2KPRO later. Unfortunately I didn’t backup the drives (hind site being 20/20) even though I should have. Can I boot up from these drives? Is there something I can do ahead of time so this will work? Any help or procedures would be great.
 
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If you have a computer that you could attach the drive to as a slave, it would be best if you could remove the drivers before installing it. If you know DOS, it can also be done by installing it in the new computer and booting with a bootdisk and remove the drivers. If not able to do either of these, hook them up and try to boot. You will probably need your Win 98 disk and I am not sure if it will boot due to the drivers on the master hard drive.
 
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Sometimes the OS can detect the new hdwr changes of the MB, CPU, etc. I got away with it once changing over from a LuckyStar
KTAPRO MB/800MHz Duron/PC133ram to a Biostar M7VIT/Athlon XP2600/PC2700 DDRram under a retail version of WinMe using the same hadrdisk with the OS installed from the former configuration. Keep in mind though that the KT-VIA Chipsets were similar. One being a Via kt133a, the other a ktvia400.

You will hav a higher success with it I feel w/ a retail ver of the OS then you will with an OEM version of the OS. Worth a try. Prepare urself for disappointment in case-- no worky.
 
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From past experiences, you shouldn't have to to do anything. On more than one ocasion, I've had to change out hard drives, and once put on proper jumper settings, they run fine. I am kinda worried about your 98se decision, however. Windows XP Professional is 160$ (OEM) www.tigerdirect.com. Trust me, its worth it.
 
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