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Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

By ladonna ·
I need to replace a Gigabyte GA-5AX mobo, using AMD Duron 750 and PC100 SDRAM. I want to use CPU and RAM if possible. This is MATX (micro ATX?). Computer mfr said I would lose all info on my hard drive. Is this correct? Any way around it?

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Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

by TheChas In reply to Does replacing mobo req f ...

That is a WORST case scenario. The only time I've had any serious problems when changing a motherboard is when the hard drive was setup with a drive overlay program and I decided to get rid of it.

Other than that, I have had to wipe out Windows and re-install it on a few systems.

I would only be concerned if you are running Windows XP.

XP will most likely generate a product activation event, and may not even boot up.

Microsoft recommends the following for transferring a hard drive with XP (or W2K) to new hardware:

Back up the hard drive.
Move the hardware, and format the hard drive.
Install XP.
Restore your backup.

If you are running Windows 98 or Me, you should not have any major problems.

Boot into safe mode,
Enter device manager,
Delete any hardware that is not on the new motherboard.

If the old motherboard still operates, I recommend that you enter device manager and delete ANY device that will be different or not present with the new motherboard just before you shut down for the last time before making the change.

It is ALWAYS a good idea to back up your data files and personal settings any time you make a major hardware change on a PC.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to Does replacing mobo req f ...

Yes, I would install the drive in another PC and back up your files.

OE mail is stored in .dbx files in each users documents and settings folder.

Keep in mind, that Windows 98 or Me CANNOT read a drive formatted as a NTFS volume.

You can get a utility to read NTFS volumes from www.systeminternals.com

Then, once your files are backed up, you have nothing to loose from just booting up with the new motherboard.

How things turn out will depend on how close the new motherboard matchesthe design of the old motherboard.
If they use the same chip-set and video card, you should have no problems.

The more differences in the hardware, the more apt you are to have problems.

You may only trigger an activation event, and need to cal Microsoft to get a code to allow your PC to boot.

If the system does not boot up, or locks up in the boot process, you can boot from the XP CD and either re-install XP, or, run the recovery console.

If you re-install XP, you will need to re-activate XP, and re-install your applications and updates.

Chas

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by ladonna In reply to Does replacing mobo req f ...

Should have included that OS is XP (upgraded from Me). Current MB is not working.

Should therefore either (1)move HD as slave in another system to back up data before formatting or (2) put new HD in as master to install new motherboard and keep old HD as slave.

Any other ideas to ensure data is not lost? If I try to install new MB with existing HD (without formatting first), do I risk damaging the data? This would, of course, be easiest, but I do not want to to risk the data.

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by dmiles In reply to Does replacing mobo req f ...

This may be an issue since the activation code for XP,will require registering since it will detect new hardware and may not activate,which would or may cause the system to hang when booted.

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by fred07 In reply to Does replacing mobo req f ...

Hi and I would put in a new HD and Slave old.
After you are up and running on the "new" HD you will have to, of course, reactivate your XP.
Then I would make sure all your old programs you had on the "slave HD" are installed on the "New HD" and start dragging and dropping.
If it is your choice? you might consider going back to 98se although the XP program files may not transfer to it.
No mater at this point, you will probably have to reactivate the XP through M$ and that should not be that tough although you may need to call M$ if your first activation is within the last three months.
Hope you do okay with this. fred

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by Tim.Doyle In reply to Does replacing mobo req f ...

Make sure you backup your data and then just put the old HDD into the system with the new motherboard. It'll go through the hardware detection crap and since its a pretty different board it will probably make you re-register XP, which is not a big deal at all...just call the 800 number and tell them you replaced the motherboard...they'll then give you a new activation key and you go on your merry way.

I see no major issues here unless your drive is formatted with a disk overlay program (no good reason for one of those unless your old computer was a P-100 or something and you have an 80GB drive) or the old drive is damaged somehow.

Again, make sure you backup your data first.

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