No reason not to simply keep the old
hard drive in the old computer.
It probabably has an operating system on it. You may want to delete that, but you can wait to make that decision.
You should find out what file system the old drive is formatted with. Easy to find, just go to My Computer, right click on the drive and left click properties. It will either be FAT 32 or NTFS.
Then you should find out what file system the new computers drive will be formatted with. You should know that NTFS can read FAT 32 but FAT 32 cannot read NTFS. So if the old drive is FAT 32, then it won't matter what file system the new computer will use.
Next thing is when you get the new system to find out if there is an unused IDE port available. You should be able to find out from HP before buying it.
Also, if they give an option for a little higher wattage power supply, take the option because you will be adding an additional load to the new computer.
Very likely the new computer will use the new 80 conductor ribbon cable and the drive will be jumpered as CS or CSL [cable select] With CS, the connector at the end is always the Master drive and the connector in the middle is always the slave. You should change the jumper on your old drive to CS and plug it into the middle connector. Unfortunately this is not always easy with ribbon cables because the two drives must be mounted so that the connectors can be plugged into each drive.
Also some of the newer systems use mobo that favor SATA drives and only have one IDE connector on the mobo [for two IDE drives].
So you really need to know a little about the configuration of the new system that you intend to buy.
One way tother there will be a way to use the old drive, as long as the case is too small to mount another drive inside it.
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