I've installed a new mobo (Gigabyte 785 chipset) and cpu (Atrhlon II X2) in my current case, but need to keep all the info/data on my HDD. FYI...the mobo was fried and I was unable to backup any files.
I've read the sticky on how to do a repair install w/ XP. Is that what I need to do?
Should I install the drivers that came with the new mobo first then do the repair install. I'm a complete newbie here, so be gentle.
You can't install the drivers first if the hard drive isn't booting. If you connect the hard drive, and it boots right into windows, you don't need to do the repair.
Sometimes the hard drive will boot on a new motherboard with no problem. Sometimes it won't. That's when the repair is needed. You would run the repair first. Once the repair finishes, and the hard drive boots into windows, then you would install the new motherboard drivers.
There's not much you can do with the external hard drive. I don't think the recovery discs will work since you've change the motherboard. You can give it a try, it won't hurt anything. You would just need to disconnect the internal hard drive, and connect the external drive. If the external hard drive can be removed from the enclosure, connect it to the motherboard internally.
I don't have an external hard drive, just wondering if there is a way to backup the files on my internal HD to an external without booting...then wipe my internal HDD clean and start over fresh with the recovery disk. Then transfer the files from external to the internal.
So right now what are my options to save the data on my HDD. If I take it to a cpu shot, how will they back up my files.
I have a spare cpu that I'm using now but it's the older HDD connector. Isn't there an adaptor cord that I can use, so my SATA drive can install into this older cpu...whats the name of the cord I need to buy?