Data on hard drive

Hi im totally new to pcs and am gonna change my motherboard.I am wondering will i lose my operating system data when i unplug the ide hard drive or will it just work?I don,t have the disc to reinstall xp so would have to purchase a new one if all is lost,thanks
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  1. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    Unfortunately you need re-install your OS when you change your mobo. The drivers and components of your current mobo and new moro are diferent.
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