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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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by Deadly Ernest In reply to Does replacing mobo req f ...

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.

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