HP hard drive work in new mother board

By jorbo125
Jan 22, 2006
  1. Hey guys, I've been thinking about building my own computer and I was wondering if my old HP Pavilion hard drive would work in my new pc. I hear alot about having to install windows, but windows is already on my hard drive right?? If I can't use it someone please tell me what I should do... :)
  2. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    Yes you will have to reinstall Windows, and if you only have a OEM disk, you will have to buy it again as well.

    This is because you are changing you motherboard and with that comes a new chipset, etc.
  3. jorbo125

    jorbo125 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    whats an OEM disk? :confused:
  4. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    When you buy a PC from a big name maker Like Dell, Gateway, HP, E machines etc etc, you do not get a disk copy of windows. You get what is called a OEM (orignal equipment manufacturer) disk, that only has the ability to restore the OS.

    It is a dirty little trick that most people are not aware of.
  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    Most OEM or "recovery" disks will not install on a different mobo because the disks checks the bios before install and refuses to instal if the bios shows it is not a mobo from the company that built the computer.
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