Posted 03 May 2006 - 06:24 PM
What kind of hard drives are you talking about? Are they SATA, IDE, SCSI?
If I am understanding you correctly, you want to use the old hard drive as storage in a new computer?
If they are both IDE drives, you should be able to hook the old one up by setting the jumper on the back of the drive to "Slave" and put it on the middle connector of the cable. Then you can use it for storage. You can delete the Windows folder if you want to. (Since it will no longer be used.) But if you can still use it, uninstall the programs first - all that you can. You will no longer be able to use their uninstallers once that operating system is gone.
If they are both SATA drives, you can plug the old one into the secondary SATA plug on the motherboard.
If the new computer has SATA as well as an empty IDE socket, and the old drive is IDE, you can plug the IDE into the end of the cable and set it as "Master."
There may be some problems doing this - for instance, if your old drive has NTFS file system and your "new" computer has FAT32, it won't be able to see the data on the drive at all.
But if they're both IDE, you can simply copy what you want from one drive to the other. However, you cannot copy programs from one drive to the other, only files. Programs will have to be re-installed.