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Installation of old ATA hard drive into new windows 8 comp

loh

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I have a nine year old Dell computer with an ATA hard drive and a brand new Dell 8500 Windows 8 computer. I would like to be able to use some programs on the old ATA hard drive (Quicken, Quick Books Pro) but my new system will not allow me install the older programs.
I have figured out how to install the older hard drive into my new system but I am not sure if the programs will work once I install the old hard drive into the new computer. So..

Will the older hard drive work as a secondary drive in the new system?
Will I have to re-install Windows XP on the old drive once I install the hard drive?
Will the Windows XP software that came with the old Dell system re-install onto the old hard drive once the old hard drive is installed into the new system as a secondary drive?
Will I have to re-install the programs I would like to use that are on the old hard drive, once I install the hard drive into my new system?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 8500
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770
    Memory
    8
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDA GeForce 640
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    USA
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    us california

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Not going to work I'm afraid.

The older drive will work as a secondary drive.

If you are actually going to try and boot up to the XP install, then yes, odds are you'll have to reinstall. It's likely to crash trying to run the old drivers on the new hardware. At the very least you'll have to reactivate. If it was an OEM install activation will likely fail.

The old software on the old drive will not re-install on its own, and it won't be usable in Windows 8.

Yes you will have to reinstall the programs in Windows 8 for them to work in Windows 8. Just slaving the drive in will not magically make them work on the new system. Some stand alone programs that don't rely on reg entries may work but I'd be surprised if the programs you mentioned work without a reinstall. Copying them from one drive to the other won't work either.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Name
    Kerry Waterfield
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Occupation
    Retired
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
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    Canada
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    ca novia scotia

loh

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Thank you for your answer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Professional
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell 8500
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770
    Memory
    8
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDA GeForce 640
    Country Flag
    USA
    State/Region Flag
    us california

alphanumeric

slightly off center
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No problem. :thumb:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Name
    Kerry Waterfield
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Occupation
    Retired
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
    Country Flag
    Canada
    State/Region Flag
    ca novia scotia

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