So my computer died, and my friend is putting in a new motherboard, CPU, and graphics cards. It still has the old hard drive, ram, audio card, power supply, and dvd drive.
My question is about saving the data on the hard drive. it has both Windows XP and Linux on it currently, I no longer have the system disk for windows XP and the data I want to save is on the XP partitition. I have a few bitcoins in a wallet there (well, fractions of a bitcoin actually, but still, like $50 worth) as well as quite a few photos and some audio files. I have a system disk for windows 7, and intend to install that over XP, but from hat I understand that will require reformatting that part of the drive.
From what I have seen Linux will often still boot with new mother board, I am using Ubuntu, I think version 11, but I can't get the computer turned on to check at the moment. Anyone want to give me an idea as to how likely I am to be able to recover my stuff and if there are things I should do or avoid in order to have the best chances?