Updating an old hard drive with a new OS

Q I've put a hard disk in my old computer. It did have a damaged hard disk but now I've reformatted it and partitioned it to a primary DOS partition. However, Windows 95 is old and I can't do anything with it because it's a new computer. How would it be possible to install another operating system, ever Windows ME or Linux, onto the old drive that's been re-partitioned, or am I going to have to install Windows XP instead?

A You could very easily install Fedora or Mandrake onto the disk, or optionally do an install of both Linux and Windows XP onto the disk. Both will repartition the disk when you install them, removing the old Windows 95 filesystem.

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