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    Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

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    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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    • #3359904

      Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      by thechas ·

      In reply to Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      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

      • #3359652

        Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

        by thechas ·

        In reply to Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

        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 http://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

      • #3606161

        Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

        by ladonna ·

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    • #3359897

      Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      by ladonna ·

      In reply to Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      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.

    • #3359893

      Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      by dmiles ·

      In reply to Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      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.

    • #3359885

      Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      by fred07 ·

      In reply to Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      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

    • #3516225

      Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      by tim.doyle ·

      In reply to Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      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.

    • #3606206

      Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      by deadly ernest ·

      In reply to Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      I have changed svereal motherboards in PCs with XP, including a Gigabyte GA-5AX without any problems occuring with the hard drive. The only problems is that Win XP will need to update its activation code.

      From my experience the best way to do this task is to place the hard drive as slave in another PC, delete the Windows directory/folder and the Windows boot files in the C: root (ntldr, boot.ini, etc). Swap the motherboards, place the hard drive back in the PC and then load Win XP as if a new install. You will need to recontact Microsoft to reactivate, but that should be no hassles. At least I have had no troubles and I have reloaded the same copy 6 times with major hardware changes; I think having the same e-mail address and some hardware the same lets them know I am changing hardware about.

    • #3606160

      Does replacing mobo req formatting HD?

      by ladonna ·

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