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#1 Andy Bennett

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 03:40 AM

I am going to replace my motherboard tomorrow, and was wondering if I will have to reformat my HDD (SATA), I would prefer not to but I have heard I may have to. Any tips or tricks to get around this? Would I be able to use the repair option on my windows 7 disk so as not to lose all my drivers and data?

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 04:11 AM

well replacing the motherboard your going to have to erase the chipset drivers and reinstall the new ones anyway. Unless it is the exact same type of motherboard, (brand, model, chipset everything exactly identical) if it is, then chances are you shouldn't have any problems. But if its not, especially if the computer is a manufactured computer you will most likely have to reformat. Windows is picky about that and with each new release its harder to do. Ive had mixed results in the past. I can generally get a windows XP to work, though it usually requires re-activation, vistas 50/50 and I haven't gotten a chance to try it with 7 yet. My advice is back up your files you want backed up, and go ahead and try it, after all it won't hurt anything to try, but if it doesn't work well, then I guess your gonna have to reformat it. Oh, and tell me how it works out for ya. :D

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 08:35 AM

FWIW: From the install routine I noted during my install of Win 7...I suspect that it may not be as easy to change a motherboard successfully with the old hard drive...as was possible with XP.

Although I have Win 7 installed, I haven't tried the repair option, so I'm also curious how that might work.

Please post your results, problems, etc. after all is done.

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#4 Andy Bennett

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 11:09 AM

OK thanks I'll give it all a try, and yes it is a completley different board, just one thing though I would like to know which drivers are the chipset drivers? btw My windows 7 did not come with my pc

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Posted 05 January 2010 - 01:11 PM

IME, chipset drivers are usually listed as such at the website of the motherboard/system manufacturer.

A dated discussion of such, http://www.playtool.com/pages/chipsetdrivers/chipset.html.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 09:03 AM

sadly the MB has not arrived yet, but I have taken the old motherboard out and have hit a problem, The standoffs in my case seem to be fixed, even though there are more holes for them I seem to be unable to remove them which may be a problem if the MB has the screw holes in different places. The standoffs are circular and I have tried gripping them with pliers and turning, but they refuse to budge, I may be forced to saw off the unused ones :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 03:52 PM

If they are circular, that means that they are probably pressed/riveted in place
If you can access the back, you can grind them flush and punch them out

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#8 Andy Bennett

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 04:16 PM

Yes they are pressed in place, care to elaborate on "Grind them flush"

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Posted 19 January 2010 - 03:42 AM

Sorry for the late reply, but bought a new case and got it all sorted, sadly the repair function did not work and so I had to reinstall windows7
thanks:) Andy




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