May 15th, 2004, 09:35 AM #1
Format HDD for a new mobo of same brand and model?
Hi guys. I upgraded my friends PC and sent it USPS (insured to $400 US) to ATL, GA. When she got it, she said it was busted open (I had the postmaster mark it as "Fragile" all over the box). She pressed the power button and the PC will power up for a second, then die. I figured its either the mobo or power supply or both. What I need to know is:
The mobo in the PC is an ABIT IS7-M with most recent BIOS. Will I have to totally reformat the HDD again and download files back to the HDD from my personal PC if I hook the HDD with her files into a new ABIT IS7-M? Thanks for any help.
Oh yeah, I am also replacing the power supply just to be sure (Why not? They should'nt have abused my package to begin with. I guess this is why I always insure important stuff. I can at least thank GOD that my 8 years at UPS taught me to insure important things in case of bungles like this)
May 15th, 2004, 10:19 AM #2
No - you shouldn't have to reinstall anything if you replace the MB with an identical unit. Be sure to plug all the cards into the same slots on the new MB. However - if you installed WIN XP, you may have to re-activate Windows once it sees the new MB.
Have you had a chance to look inside the case?? One common problem when shipping computers is having the heat sink fall off from being bounced around - although I would think that is much less likely with a P4 system than with an Athlon system due to the different heat sink attachment methods.
Good luck getting things up & running again.
May 15th, 2004, 11:00 AM #3
thanks, I have WinXP Professional installed so I shouldnt have to reactivate it since i didnt have to activate it at all.
Last edited by Darknyt; May 15th, 2004 at 11:06 AM.
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