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Can I install the hard drive from one computer to another?

\015 I have an old Gateway E-1200 desktop in which I installed a 40G seagate hard drive. I now have picked up a Compaq Evo D-51S desktop with a 20G drive. Can I take the Seagate from the Gateway and use it in the Compaq so that I do not have to re-install all my programs?\015\012If so, HOW??\015

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You open gateway and remove hard drive, then you open the compaq and remove that HDD then you install HDD from gateway power on and you should be good, you may have to reinstall some drivers but unlikely if all your periphs. are the same, the HDD is going to attached to a ribbon cable and will usually be under all other drives in machine
It won't work if you're using windows 98. I think the gateway had a pentium II processor, and the compaq has a pentium IV. The hardware is really different, so the drivers are really different. You could put the old drive into the new computer as a "slave" drive so long as there's an available IDE conncetion, and get your documents that way, but programs will likely not run.  
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