Installing new mobo, should I reformat hard drives?

By foycur
Feb 15, 2005
  1. I had an ASUS P4P8X motherboard that went belly up, and I am now getting an P4P800E-Deluxe from the generous people at ASUS. Should I wipe my hard drives clean and do a clean install of Windows, or can I just hook everything up without having to go through all that hassle?

    Also, I have been part of this online community now for a couple of months and have found most everyone to be extremely helpful. You all rock. :grinthumb
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    guess your running xp home or pro ?
    If all you are replacing is MB ,Id give it a shot see if you need to add MB drivers
    couldn't hurt.
    your MB manual might have hints on upgrade existing OS
    as always backup your stuff
    you don't give a hint as to how much stuff you have on the drives
    guess couldn't be a lot
    I did a MB change on one system and had to repair
    just finished a build 2 days ago and just needed to update some drivers
    go figure.
  3. foycur

    foycur TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 114

    I have got two IDE drives, one master and one slave. Master is running Windows XP Pro, the second drive is for my games and photos/videos and stuff. I don't have much on either drive. Someday I'll buy SATA but not right now. Speaking of backing up data, any suggestions on a good program to backup with?
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