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Cloning Win 98 from old machine

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Cloning Win 98 from old machine

I'm trying to clone a Windows 98 HD (IDE) from an old computer to install it in a more recent PC.
There's an old software installed in Win 98 but the hard drive starts to give problems, so I want to just transfer the contents into a new HD (SATA).
I don't have the installation files of the already running software, hence the cloning.

I read Clonezilla and Acronis True Image would be useful.

I've never done a hard drive cloning before, so I wonder which one would works best and friendlier to use?

The old PC has, I believe, 256 MB RAM.
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Don’t the cpus have to be relatively close for that to work?

I can remember moving old hard drives into newer machines and they usually blue screen when you boot because the CPU is too far different
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The machines should have similar motherboards to work.
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This is probably asking for trouble, running inside a VM'ed legacy environment is probably best.
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You might be able to clone it,
but win 98 on new PC might not boot up or will have tons of BSD errors
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Windows 98, unless it's a heavily modified custom build, will simply blue screen or boot loop.

21 years is a long time in tech.
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gontori wrote: I'm trying to clone a Windows 98 HD (IDE) from an old computer to install it in a more recent PC.
There's an old software installed in Win 98 but the hard drive starts to give problems, so I want to just transfer the contents into a new HD (SATA).
I don't have the installation files of the already running software, hence the cloning.

I read Clonezilla and Acronis True Image would be useful.

I've never done a hard drive cloning before, so I wonder which one would works best and friendlier to use?

The old PC has, I believe, 256 MB RAM.
What software is it? if you have license for it. Then just try finding the install files for the program on the internet and reinstall it.
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I never thought hardware issues would appear :rolleyes:
Keigotw wrote: What software is it? if you have license for it. Then just try finding the install files for the program on the internet and reinstall it.
It's a custom software, installed about 10 years ago and the people who installed it originally are not working here anymore.
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redflagdealsguy wrote: This is probably asking for trouble, running inside a VM'ed legacy environment is probably best.
Would I need to configure the virtual machine's specs almost similar to the current hardware the software is running in?
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The question remains... in case I use a VM, which software is recommended for disk cloning?
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when not just use one of those usb converters and plug it in to your current system then see if u can copy the software u want off.

no way u are going to get windows 98 running on a current system heck even xp would be tough there's just no drivers out there for new hardware on these old os.
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If IDE hard drive is the problem.
Then other option is to clone the drive to SATA drive
and then use this SATA to IDE adapter https://www.amazon.ca/Kingwin-ADP-06-SA ... 002SZDOM6/
and install it back to old machine.

For cloning, you would want to clone to a file.
then file to SATA drive
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Hmm if it is custom software... perhaps it never required any fancy installer/registry stuff..?? Just copy the folder with the exe file and associated data and will that launch on another computer? That way you avoid cloning the whole C: .
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Why not just do a new install of Win98? Easy to get a copy.
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Because it's not Win98 the dude really wants; it's the software installed on the HDD.

I second the other dude's suggestion to first try copying the software directory to another computer to see if it will work.

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