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Can I swap motherboards with the same chipset and keep all the data on my harddrives?

I'm switching from an MSI 970A-G43 to a Gigabyte 970A-UD3P, will I be able to install the new motherboard without having to reinstall Windows and all the data on my drives since they both use the AMD 900 series chipset?
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  1. I'm sorry man, but it never worked for me. I always had to buy another OEM version of windows 7 to do a reinstall.

    Back-up your files and reinstall.
  2. Best answer
    Hi

    If your original system is still working you can increase your chances of a transfer by just before upgrading
    remove sound/audio driver, any other drivers which are in Programs & Features and finally the hard disk controller driver.
    Do not reboot between these actions then shut down

    BUT before you start is your Windows Retail or OEM ?
    If OEM you will not be able to reactivate Windows over the internet
    (you will have to try and pursuade the Microsoft representative your motherboard died and is no longer available)
    You may need to buy a new copy of Windows.

    As always make sure you have a backup of important data before starting
    Run Chkdsk
    Run a Antivirus scan
    to ensure you system is in good health before starting

    regards

    Mike Barnes
  3. Hi

    Provided you backed up beforehand you only loose a little time if it fails and you have to do a full install from scratch but a big time saving if it works

    removing the hard disk controller driver from the registry is the most important step.

    MS Office and Antivirus software will also need to be reactivated

    probably only worth the risk if you have a Retail Windows disk

    regards

    Mike Barnes
  4. mbarnes86 said:
    Hi

    If your original system is still working you can increase your chances of a transfer by just before upgrading
    remove sound/audio driver, any other drivers which are in Programs & Features and finally the hard disk controller driver.
    Do not reboot between these actions then shut down

    BUT before you start is your Windows Retail or OEM ?
    If OEM you will not be able to reactivate Windows over the internet
    (you will have to try and pursuade the Microsoft representative your motherboard died and is no longer available)
    You may need to buy a new copy of Windows.

    As always make sure you have a backup of important data before starting
    Run Chkdsk
    Run a Antivirus scan
    to ensure you system is in good health before starting

    regards

    Mike Barnes


    It is an OEM copy. My OS (Windows 7) is installed on my SSD but I have most of my files stored on another internal HDD, as well as a backup of everything on my SSD. If I disconnect my HDD and reinstall Windows to my SSD when I put my new mobo in will I be able to get everything back on my main drive from the backup? I also have a retail copy of Microsoft Office 2013 but I'm not sure if I'll be able to reinstall that. I'm just trying to hold on to as much of my information as I can and install it all at once from a backup if that's possible. Never had to do this before.
  5. Awesome, so basically all I need to do then is copy the data from my backup after a fresh install of Windows on my new mobo? And how would I go about cleaning up the unneeded drivers from my previous setup?
  6. Okay, doing a fresh install seems like a much better solution now, I didn't think it would be that easy. Thanks a lot for the help!
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