Keep old archives after re-installing os?

Hey, I got an old computer and I decided to change its cpu and mobo, I have a lot of files on its hard drive, so, I must copy all those files to another computer or they will stay intact after re-installing the os?
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    Copy all that important stuff to another drive, and have it completely offline during the new hardware and software install. Depending on what exactly you are doing, it will 'probably' keep the old stuff. But one wrong checkbox unclicked, or an inadvertent power interruption, and poof, it's all gone.

    Be safe rather than sorry.
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