Thread: new mobo = format HDD?
February 21st, 2003, 07:18 PM #1
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new mobo = format HDD?
so far it is to my experience that whenever you get a new motherboard, the format on a hard drive doesnt work correctly, it has to be reformatted to work with the new board. for example, i was using a hard drive with win2k on it with an intel mobo, i bought a new msi board, slapped the same hard drive into that case, and it wont boot up... and the partition shows up unrecognized. even tho i could put it back in the intel board and it will work fine. is there any way around this? or is it just the way it is
February 21st, 2003, 07:25 PM #2
You can go into the 'Device Manager' and remove the devices that are linked to that particular chipset. Before you change the mobo that is.
I've done it by removing the 'IDE Controllers' and anything under the
System Devices' that has your chipset name in it. Also, the sfuff under the 'USB Devices'.
People's luck varies, if I don't want to have any headaches, I do a clean install of everything.
February 21st, 2003, 07:28 PM #3
Well the BEST way to do it of course is format/clean install. I do this method every single time...
If you are persistent on trying to "hot swap" your boards, you can boot into safe mode on your current board, remove all of the related hardware, swap boards, and let windows detect it all over again. This is not 100% guaranteed.
Or try this: (courtesy of Wizzard~Of~Ozz)
Paste the following into a new text document:
Save that file as A:\clear.reg
reboot to command prompt
then press enter, it might ask you to confirm, hit yes, then reboot and it will search for new hardware from scratch.
February 21st, 2003, 07:29 PM #4
IMHO that's the way it is,
There are some ways around it, but either way you wind up confusing Windoze.
I usually just backup specific bits I wanna keep, then repartition / reformat / reinstall OS, figure out drivers and then Restore!
February 21st, 2003, 07:30 PM #5
Win98 is easier to change then 2k, But by the sounds of it your new mobo is accessing your harddrive in a different way (LBA/Large/normal) you can change it in the bios, however I'ld recommend backing up anything you want to keep while it's in your intel board, then put it in your new system, fdisk and format it, then re-install.
Unrecognized partitions are generally caused by changing the LBA mode, but I'll assume your new mobo knows the best method for speed,
Last edited by Wizzard~Of~Ozz; February 21st, 2003 at 08:01 PM.
February 21st, 2003, 07:30 PM #6
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thats worth a shot, but i cant get it to boot at all, let alone see the windows 2k loading screen. yeah normally i would just reformat it, but ive got no way to back up the info on the drive at the moment.
Last edited by jp22382; February 21st, 2003 at 07:37 PM.
February 21st, 2003, 07:31 PM #7Originally posted by Martoch[-hkey_local_machine/enum]
M$ has a KBA on the subject, they show the actual locales on the PnP ID's that need to be removed.
February 21st, 2003, 07:36 PM #8
Good catch ER, I didn't even catch that...my bad!
Here ya go:
February 21st, 2003, 07:38 PM #9
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if i go into the w2k setup off the cd, the drive shows up like this:
- - UNKNOWN 58620MB
yet the drive is properly formatted as ntfs and it works fine on the other board, some reason its not showing up correctly on the new board
Last edited by jp22382; February 21st, 2003 at 07:40 PM.
February 21st, 2003, 07:43 PM #10
February 21st, 2003, 07:49 PM #11Originally posted by cowboybooter
EvilRick, what's a KBA ?
February 21st, 2003, 08:01 PM #12
Nice quote Martoch however that's for Win9x/ME (as EvilRick mentioned), don't know if it works in 2k, however running it on 2k would be almost impossible, besides he can't access the partition, there is no recovery, it has to be fdisked and formatted.
If you want, you can try this.
Go into you BIOS.
primary master hard drive, it's currently at auto/auto right?
change it to Auto/Large, then try, if not try AUTO/Normal (just try each setting)
You might be able to access it, but you will definately have to re-install Win2k.
Last edited by Wizzard~Of~Ozz; February 21st, 2003 at 08:05 PM.
February 21st, 2003, 08:14 PM #13
Thanx Martoch, ( didn't realise M$ had knowledge ( otherwise they'd use Linux ))
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