Query about swapping & hooking hard drives

April 15, 2011 at 13:36:55
Specs: Windows 98, 66/16
I got 2 or 3 extra hard drives here, all loaded up and running Win 98 each of them. I used to use them about for one day or so every 6 to 9 months. In round terms they are going, but old. They fire off right away.
I seldom have to buy a computer as the neighbor hands off his older Dell computers to me over the fence. Apparently he had troubles with a black case model. It came over the CL fence without a HD inside. His favorite computer guy said it had a failed HD, and thus took it out, and left it out. My neighbor then went and bought another computer with Win 7 on it.


My question is: Can I simply hook in one of my old Win 98 Hard Drives and get it going again then? I realise it may stumble a bit getting used to a new power supply, monitor, etc. but will this work? It will be faster than before with new CPU inside, which at one time had Win XP running on it. Those days are gone now, and I do not want to go through all the attendant loops of converting to XP. I got used to Win 98 a few years ago, and that seems to work fine here.


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April 15, 2011 at 14:53:27
Without any specifications on the system you want to put the 98 drive into we cannot tell what kind of problems you may encounter.

How much ram is there in the machine? Your main issue might be if there is more than 512mb ram. Win98 is not capable of addressing larger amounts of ram and it may fail to boot, ironically with an error message about insufficient memory.

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April 15, 2011 at 17:27:28
Is past 700 MB in the new black box (freebie) running at near to 900 MHX as I was told. This afternoon I tried, and got zero in the way of boot-up. I think the vendor lied to my neighbor, or the neighbor got story all wrong.


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April 15, 2011 at 17:53:34
A machine should still boot up into BIOS even without a hard drive installed.
If it will not get that far then something else is obviously wrong.

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#4
April 16, 2011 at 09:00:03
Richard:

Talked to the neighbor this morning already. He thinks the vendor "may" have mentioned something about a bad power supply, bad motherboard or a bad CPU. That only leaves a few things otherwise possible. But, he did mention that he reinstalled the orginal H-D and then the computer was operating normal up until three months ago.

That sort of cuts down the odds that something external could be wrong.


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