Can I still use same HDD if I upgrade Motherboard and CPU?

Hello! I have a question I'm sure many have answers before, but I just want to get more info before I proceed. My questions is can I still use the same HDD if I upgrade motherboard and cpu? I'll be upgrading AMD to AMD and cpu. Will this effect anything? I know motherboards store files but since its the same I assume its okay?

Below is my current MB & CPU. Below that is the Upgrade I want to do!!

-Current motherboard- GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2 AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD
-Current CPU- AMD FX-4100 (old, I know that's why the upgrade :P)

-Upgrade -Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard
-Upgrade- AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor.

And if the only process is to reformat my hdd do I lose all my programs etc?

Any information and motherboard/cpu recommendations are also appreciated. Thank You wonderful people. !
5 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about hdd upgrade motherboard cpu
  1. Best answer
    Same HDD yes , Will it boot , maybe , maybe not , you might have to perform a clean install and reactivate.

    Go with the UD3P it has a better power phase and thermal design.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $229.98
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
  2. Yes same HDD, all mobos and HDDs use SATA so it will be compatable.

    But just like blackbird said, your going to need to reinstall windows because windows needs to be installed on the same motherboard as it's working on.
  3. Yes, your current HDD will work on upgraded mobo. No issue there. I also recommend UD3P as suggested by SR-71 Blackbird.

    Windows Boot
    If you are using OEM version windows 7 and above then you would have to install the windows again on the new mobo.

    If you are not using OEM version of windows 7 and above then you don't need to install the windows again. Let it boot, once logon, install the new drivers after un-installing the older ones.

    However, for XP, what ever the case, you would need to install the windows again.

    Hopefully that would suffice.
  4. It just might work since you are using the same manufacturer and both boards are AM3+ boards. The configuration files and MB drivers might be similar enough to not get BSODs when booting so you can set up everything correctly. back up all of your important stuff beforehand.
  5. THANKS GUYS, now I have a good idea on what I should do. !! :)
Ask a new question

Read More

Storage CPUs Motherboards AMD