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Old 04-20-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Is it possible to use my current hard drive on my new build without wiping it?

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I wrecked my Asus A7V8X-X motherboard last year when using a screwdriver to remove the stock Socket A heatsink ( but thats another story) and I have now got a much better Asus A7N8X-E Deluce motherboard as a replacement. Will I be able to just plug in the hard drive again with the new board and just use it without formating - or will there be issues as the new board uses an nforce2 chipset whilst the old one used a VIA one of some sort?
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:06 PM   #2
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You'll need to re-install windows due to the new chipset.
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:47 PM   #3
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Give it a try, it might work. Windows worked for me when I switched my hard drive from a 750i SLI to the ASUS P5QL-Pro. You might have driver issues. I would backup all of your information just in case. Good luck!
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Default Re: Is it possible to use my current hard drive on my new build without wiping it?

You should at least do a repair install. It will leave all your programs and files intact, but you need to reinstall all drivers, updates and patches.

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install
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Default Re: Is it possible to use my current hard drive on my new build without wiping it?

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Give it a try, it might work. Windows worked for me when I switched my hard drive from a 750i SLI to the ASUS P5QL-Pro. You might have driver issues. I would backup all of your information just in case. Good luck!
same with me. its just the luck of the draw. i went from a chaintech board with a k8 chipset to an asus with 570 sli without doing anything to my xp installation (except installing drivers of course).
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:41 AM   #6
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Default Re: Is it possible to use my current hard drive on my new build without wiping it?

but it sucks when you cant
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Default Re: Is it possible to use my current hard drive on my new build without wiping it?

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You'll need to re-install windows due to the new chipset.
This is false, as Atomic Said do a windows repair install.
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Default Can't really back it up

I can't really back it up unfortunately as it is a 3.5 inch PATA/EIDE hard drive and since the rest of my family hasd decided to abandon desktops in favour of laptops, I have nothing I can plug it into.
If I do a Windows XP repair install, will this certainly leave all my files intact?
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I can't really back it up unfortunately as it is a 3.5 inch PATA/EIDE hard drive and since the rest of my family hasd decided to abandon desktops in favour of laptops, I have nothing I can plug it into.
If I do a Windows XP repair install, will this certainly leave all my files intact?
Yes, the repair install will leave all your files intact, you shouldn't lose anything.
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Yes, the repair install will leave all your files intact, you shouldn't lose anything.
+1..... i have done tons of them, and haven't lost anything
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