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New Motherboard install easy?

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February 9, 2012 3:17:14 PM

ok, I got a new mobo and I just want to swap out my old one for it.
Everything is compatible so that's not my problem.
My problem is that its a different chipset (but same company)
Will my harddrive work with this mobo without having to do anything?
*One of my friends says i'll have to reinstall windows and it might wipe my harddrive*
But I think you just have to run the new mobo first-time setup and then
flash the BIOS (if necessary) and it will work with my harddrive no problem.

Does anyone have any experience with this?

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a c 107 V Motherboard
February 9, 2012 3:33:42 PM

No, you must to reinstall everything. Install Windows , install drivers for mobo from the CD.
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a c 128 V Motherboard
February 9, 2012 3:53:18 PM

"No, you must to reinstall everything. Install Windows , install drivers for mobo from the CD. "

That is patently untrue. Depending on whether Windows is successfully able to configure itself for the new chipset will determine whether on first boot you get a blue screen, or a long list of driver installs going on. I was able to go from a P45 chipset to a Z68 chipset without a reinstall. Windows 7 was able to redetect everything and installed everything, including audio and net drivers, all by itself.
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February 9, 2012 3:59:20 PM

Thank you abekl.
I still want some more answers since the two I got are conflicting.
No offense
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a c 107 V Motherboard
February 9, 2012 4:08:33 PM

And after that you work to clean all the rubish from the old setup data from the HDD.
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February 9, 2012 4:10:45 PM

It may or may not work. If it blue screens or restarts repeatedly, boot from your Windows disc and select the repair option.
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a c 221 V Motherboard
February 9, 2012 4:26:08 PM

You may get it to work .... running well is another story. If you want it to run at optimun speed and without annoying conflicts, reinstall Windows.
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February 9, 2012 4:45:43 PM

I backed up my harddrive to an external one, should I just be able to restore my files from there once I reinstall Windows?
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February 9, 2012 5:55:39 PM

Best answer selected by JDriggers.
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a c 329 V Motherboard
February 9, 2012 10:41:32 PM

This topic has been closed by Nikorr
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