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Can I install sp0802n hard drive with windows xp home ed. on an old gateway essential 550. from the requirements I think I can not sure about BIOS

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If you do instal it you will find the mobo specs different from the machine it came out of and will require a reformat of that drive or it will not load properly.
Always best to reformat a drive prior to putting in another machine.

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