Maybe things have changed since Gateway bought Emachines, but it used to be that they were infamous for creating systems with absolutely no upgrade abilities. So provided you have some means of mounting the old drive in the new system, there shouldn't be a problem.
Of course my guess would be that you could fix the old system by simply giving it a new power supply. It's a VERY common part to fail in computers, and it's also relatively cheap to replace. The annoying part is connecting all the internal plugs. It's especially annoying on cheap and cramped cases like you often find with brand name systems.
We were upgrading our computer from ME to XP and had just 10 Minutes left in process. During one of the many times the process shuts down the computer, it did not come backup.
By hitting the On Button we could get a quarter turn out of the fans but nothing else. The light is on on the mother board but that is the only indication we have partial power.
My BIG question:
We purchased a new E-Machine and would like to install the hard drive from the old machine to create a dual drive BUT with it having an incomplete XP upgrade in it, we are not sure where to start. We would like to preserve the data on the drive.
Is it possible to unplug the current drive in the new machine and complete format in the E-Machine. E-machine is much bigger and faster than old one.
I am pretty good with software and some hardware issues but this is new and a little scary. Don't want to fry the new machine.
Any and All help would be appreciated.