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Will a reformatted hard drive with windows 7 work with a new gigabyte motherboard?

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April 12, 2014 6:41:14 PM

Right now I have a hard drive with windows 7 on it but I'm using a lame OEM motherboard. I would like to move this hard drive over to my new build so I don't have to spend $100 on a windows 7 disk. So if I reformat it can i move it to a new motherboard without any problems?

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April 12, 2014 6:52:35 PM

Windows 7 can only be transferred to a motherboard with the same SOCKET (supports same CPU's). This is considered a "repair" process for when a motherboard repairs and you replace it with the same exact board, or same socket.

If you REFORMAT Windows 7 would install fine, but you would not be able to Activate.

*You can however, at least TRY, because I've heard of it working in some cases even though it goes against Microsoft's official policy.
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April 12, 2014 8:52:24 PM

You MUST realize that "REFORMAT" means you wipe ALL of the information off the HDD and start blank. So you have NO Windows on it, and MUST re-install from a CD.

To prevent such a disaster, Windows usually refuses to let you Format the C: drive that contains itself.

As photonboy suggests, wiping that old drive clean and then re-installing in the "new" machine with the new mobo IS a good idea. But you need that Windows Install CD to do it.

By the way, an even better way to wipe a HDD and get any weak sectors fixed up is to do a Zero Fill operation on it using some third-party utility - Windows does not do this job.
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