Posted 11 April 2007 - 11:49 AM
Since your motherboard is the only thing shot, your data on your hard drive is already as your backup. At this point, the only thing you could do now to back it up is to connect it to another computer as the slave, and either make an image of it, or at least do a full disk copy.
But, if you want to be able to take the hard drive you have now, and just plug it in, and maybe tweak a thing or two, then your only method is to get the same motherboard you had before. A similar model works sometimes. If you do that, you can set it up, and just plug your hard drive in, and you're computer is as if it never happened.
I've done a computer for someone in December 06, and I didn't think it would work. He wanted to take out a dvd drive in computer a, then put it in computer b. No problem there. Then he wanted the hard drive in computer a to be put in computer b as the master drive. I just knew that I would have to install the os over, because those two hard drives are coming out of two different computers. But, when I plugged the hard drive a into computer b, Windows XP loaded right up, and everything worked. I was surprised myself. But then as I took notice of the two computers, they both were Dell computers,.... two totally different computer models.
So, with that said, getting the same exact motherboard, B.I.O.S. I'm sure you'll just be able to plug in the hard drive, and then power up. The worst thing that could happen is that it won't load Windows. But your data will still be there, in tact.
If you can't get the same one, then you will need to find a storage method that will hold your hard drive worth of data before you can do anything, because you're more than likely are going to have to reinstall your os.