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If Im going to change my mobo, Do I have to format my entire HDD?

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July 16, 2013 7:40:26 AM

My hdd has 2 partitions, C (windows and programs) and D, Today Im going to updgrade from a 775 mobo to a 1150 mobo, but I dont know if I could keep the date in the D partition without having drivers problem due to my old motherboard drivers in my HDD.
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July 16, 2013 7:52:20 AM

You should have no problem keeping the D partition and just formatting the C partition. Just be sure you select the correct partition when reformatting and re-installing.

*EDIT* You may need drivers on a disk or flash drive to install the disk controller before you can install Windows if you have your computer set to use AHCI mode.

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July 16, 2013 8:02:44 AM

chapapa07 said:
My hdd has 2 partitions, C (windows and programs) and D, Today Im going to updgrade from a 775 mobo to a 1150 mobo, but I dont know if I could keep the date in the D partition without having drivers problem due to my old motherboard drivers in my HDD.


The easiest solution is to just format the C partition and reinstall windows on it. Doing so will keep all of the data on the D: partition.
If you would like to try and keep your programs installed, there is a chance of doing so. Here is how to do it:
Boot into safe mode after installing your new Motherboard (after booting press F8 until you receive the option to do so).
Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep and launch Sysprep.exe.
Select "Enter System Out-of-Box-Experience (OOBE)" and "Reboot," they should be the defaults.
This program erases all non default drivers and allows for you to install drivers without formatting your Windows partition. It will also take you to the screen where you create a user name for your computer, if you type in your current user name it won't even make a new account.
Good luck.
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