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rhema7

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I got a new puter not including a hard drive,I was gonna use a old HD from my daughters old puter,but i can not get it boot up using a system disk.so my question is can I use this old HD in this new system?undefined
 
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More details, please.

Are you trying to use that second drive as the main system drive on the new computer, or are you just using it as extra space?

What is on the old drive? Any operating system? Do you want to keep what is on the drive or clean it out?

When you say that you can't boot from a "system disk", do you mean a startup floppy? What happens?
 
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It is not likely nor recommended to use a working hard drive from a different system. None of the drivers will work. The older OSes like 98,ME will choke on trying to find the right new ones. Windows XP will refuse to run at all with that many changes.
The old drive should work if you start fresh. It's an aweful lot of work to buy a new machine w/o a hard drive and go through all of that for a used unit.
 

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Hi and welcome. What 'system' disk are you trying to use? If it's a system disk that came with the other computer, I don't believe it's going to work anyway.
 
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