Replacing an old hard drive with a new one -- tips
Posted on 2004-04-11
Elsewhere in EE, I posted a question looking for help with Michael's misbehaving computer which we think has acquired a virus/worm/STD or something equally nasty.
As it happens, we were going to buy a snazzy new serious-gaming computer for Michael anyway and planned on cleaning his hard drive so I (kitty) can take over his old computer.
The question (at last):
Would it work for us to buy a new hard drive for the old computer to just replace the old infected one? If we go that route, what drivers and other stuff would we need to make sure we have on hand before we try to start up the old computer with the newly-installed new hard drive?
Many years ago, I remember taking a course on OS and having to install everything from the bottom up. Seems to me I had to have on hand on floppy a bootable disk and some other stuff like that just to get the OS-less computer to talk to me. Is that still true? What should we make sure we have on hand?
All usable advice will be rewarded but you need to write it so two mostly inexperienced old f**ts will understand it.
Thanks, as always, for your help.