If the old system still works with Win 98 and you wnt to first format the drive to basically clean off everything that is presently on it, let us know.
Also let us know what the new computer is. The only real question is whether you have an unused IDE port available to connect the old drive to. Except for the ribbon cable to the floppy drive, the rimbbon cables each can have two drives connected to them. Most systems had two IDE ports [two ribbon cables], thus with two drives per cable a total of four IDE drives [hard drives or CD drives.
Let us know the make of the old drive.
The normal system has a Primary and a Secondary IDE controller [connectors on the motherboard [mobo]. Each of those can have a Master drive and a Slave drive connected to it.
On the drives themselves there a small jumpers that get plugged in depending whether the drive will be a Master or a Slave.
Thus on the old drive you must also set the jumper properly for the new system. Most likely your new computer using CS [Cable Select} jumpering. When you remove the old drive, check to see if it allows for Cable Select jumering [usually CS or CSel.
Feed the info back and then things can be made more step by step.
First off, I'm totally new to this whole computer thing, so simple language would be very much appreciated.
I have an old hard computer (about 5 years old, but hasn't been in use for 2 of those years) that used to run Windows 98. The computer still works, but I bought a new computer running Windows XP Home about 2 years ago. There is no information on the old computer that I need/want, but I would like to use it as extra space to store movies/music/photos/etc.
Is there a way that I can simply wipe the old hard drive and easily connect it to my current computer for extra data storage space? I read something about a 'slave drive' in another post, but have no idea what this means and if it would apply. My current computer has both a C: and a D: drive already.
If you need any more information about either computer, let me know. Thanks for the help!