Thread: transfer HD onto new Mobo.
November 27th, 2001, 11:06 PM #1
transfer HD onto new Mobo.
What would be the best way to do this.
I have a hard drive that was the only hard drive on the computer. It was an IBM Aptive computer that was purchased in 1999 and I think it was 500Mhz P-III The thing is that now the motherbaord has gone bad, so I and going to purchase a new motherboard and CPU combo. It's an MSI motherboard and a Athlon 1700 XP Processor.
the motherboard and CPU is all that I am going to replace. (oh and the case too.)
I will keep the same DVD drive and CD-R drive. Sam Video card, same modem and NIC and same hard drive.
The hard drive is fine and has windows 98SE installed.
So what would be the best way to keep the computer the way that it was but with a new Motherboard and CPU?
what happens if I just plug in the HD to the new motherboard?
What can I do to acomplish this in the easiest way.
I will probably be changing everything this weekend.
November 27th, 2001, 11:11 PM #2
I'm taking it you know how to properly install HD's so the answer to your question is YES. You can install that HD onto the new system, the only thing that'll happenn is when you boot into Windows, it will need you to install the drivers for the Motherboard.
November 27th, 2001, 11:22 PM #3
Yea, you have to load the new drivers for the new MoBo ...
It is always better to format and clean install the OS when changing the MoBo, that way you will avoid any kind of problem due to the new set ...
Also, you might go to device manager (Control Panle>System>Hardware) and uninstall the drivers for the old MoBo .... then you shut down remove the old board and install the new MoBo, start the PC and let the OS detect the new board ... but as i mentioned it is most likely that you will see some kind of problem ..
Anyhow give it a shot, if it didn`t work perfectly with the easy way .. then, no escape for formatting & reinstalling the OS ...
Last edited by KenKun; November 27th, 2001 at 11:25 PM.
November 27th, 2001, 11:44 PM #4
I've done it probably a dozen times over the years. The best way IMO is to do it by KenKun's second method. Start in safe mode, remove all of the motherboard-related drivers, then shut down. Install it in the new configuration and let it install the new motherboard's drivers.
November 28th, 2001, 12:34 AM #5
Ok I will try to unistall the motherboard drivers from safe mode.
I can't unisitall the old motherboard drivers because the old motherboard was fried along with the CPU.
So I have to use the new motherboard.
Can I plug in the hard drive and start it in Safe mode first on the new mobo and uninstall the old mobo drivers and then retstart in regular mode and let it detect the new mobo drivers?
How and where do I unistall the old mobo drivers?
and what kind of problems can I expect due to the changing of the mobo?
November 28th, 2001, 11:12 AM #6
Yea, go directly into safe mode(by pressing F8 at login screen)..
Then open control Panel, open System and go to hardware tab .. and then device manager ...
In device manager you will see listing of all the hardwares in your PC .. you have to extend the "System Devices" (it's the MoBo drivers) and uninstall them one by one .. by right clicking and selecting uninstall on each device...
After you are done .. reboot and let the system detect the new MoBo ..
BTW, if your old MoBo had on-board sound or video or else, you also have to uninstall them the same way (from device manager) ....
About what to expect, well it could be anything .. Freezings, error messages, crashes, blue screen on death, poor performance ... but it is only a possibilty coz it might work fine ... depend on how lucky you are ..
I never tried this plan before.. but i heard success stories from people who did the same and worked just fine...
Last edited by KenKun; November 28th, 2001 at 11:14 AM.
November 28th, 2001, 05:39 PM #7
OK great, that sounds easy enough.
I'll post back whne i complete it and see how it goes. If I have any problems i guess It would probably be bettter tu just reformat and re-install.
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