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New Motherboard - how to preserve hard drive contents?

By Tranq
Jul 21, 2006
  1. My current motherboard (EPoX EP-5EPA+) has pretty much konked out it seems after much testing and I'm now looking at the EPoX 5LDA+ (http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=246607). Since I have no way of booting my computer at the moment, is there a way to preserve what is on my hard drive since I have read that you must re-install the operating system once a new motherboard is installed?
     
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    It may be possible to repair your operating system once you have the new mobo. Is it XP?
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    sure. get a usb to ide adapter. retrieve your important data onto another computer.
     
  4. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Yes, it is XP. If the repair function works that would be a huge relief. Any confirmation on this?
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    A Windows repair may or may not work.

    I deffinitely recommend going with Tedsters advice and backing up your important data.

    Then, if the worst comes to the worst and you have to reformat the hard drive, you`ll have all your important data to hand.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Yup, backing up would be safer as the only way to find out if the repair function is available is to try it.
     
  7. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19


    That may help, especially if it has the same brand chipset. Of course there`s still no guarantee it will work. It really is a case of wait and see.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. Tranq

    Tranq TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Well my old motherboard is on the Intel 915P chipset I believe and this new motherboard I am looking at is on the Intel 945P chipset...does that mean I should find another motherboard with 915P to greater my chances?
     
  10. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    I don`t think you need to go that far. The fact that the new board is the same brand of chipset will help you chances.

    The only way of guaranteeing 100% success is to get exactly the same board as your old one.

    Regards Howard :)
     
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