my 1998 dell dimension (6gb hard drive pentium 2 win 98)has a cracked motherboard so will not boot at all. i,ve done everything dell recommended but no joy. i have now bought a 2nd hand Gateway same size hard drive (6gb pentium 3 no software)what is the easiest way to get data off the dell drive onto the gateway. have games on it which do not matter but have all the business accounts on it. help me please.
I would go the 'add old drive as slave' way. You can get a brand new, to you, PC, with a clean install of the OS. Copy the files off your old disk. The erase it, and have extra space, all your old files, and in theory, none of the nasties that may nave been on the old disk.
The point is, there would be no need to re-install ALL the software programs and drivers. Windows WILL recognise the new mobo and ask for drivers anyway, take my word for it I have done this many times....T