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post #1 of 15
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Hey guys, tomorrow i should be recieving my new Gigabyte p35-ds3r motherboard and i was wondering what is the best way to switch motherboards. Will i be able to just take out my p5n-e sli and replace it with the gigabyte straight up, or will i need to reinstall windows? Is there anyway to uninstall some motherboard drivers in windows so i won't have to reinstall? Any help would be great, thanks.
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post #2 of 15
It may work just straight up swapping, but performance will do down the drain.

Back up your stuff, and reinstall for any non-identical mobo swap.
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post #3 of 15
Most likely reinstall windows to make things work perfectly sure you could do it without but would have to uninstall all the mobo drivers.
    
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post #4 of 15
XP wont work if the chipset changes.
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post #5 of 15
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damn, looks like i have some backing up to do UGH!!! im on vista btw
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post #6 of 15
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hey another question. i have a 320gb hard drive right now that im just using for extra storage. If i move all of my important files (apps, music, vids, pics) to that and then reinstall vista on the other HD will all of my files remain intact on the second hard drive? Is there any chance i would be forced to format that HD or have it not be regognized and lose ALL my stuff?
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Hitachi 320gb & Seagate 7200.10 320gb Vista Home Premium 22" Westinghouse Dell multimedia 
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post #7 of 15
Backup all your stuff by putting them on the HDD you won't be putting Vista on. You'll only have to format the HDD that you want to install Windows on, not the other one.

If you're worried about accidentally formatting it when installing -- back up all your files to the non-OS HDD, and unplug it when installing Vista again.
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post #8 of 15
no as long as its not the drive you intend toy install on.
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post #9 of 15
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rad, im just nervous cuz i've just had some bad experiences in the past... anyways thanks for the help guys
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Hitachi 320gb & Seagate 7200.10 320gb Vista Home Premium 22" Westinghouse Dell multimedia 
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E6600 @ 3.51ghz 1.49v (BIOS) 1.44v (actual) Gigabyte P35-DS3R EVGA 7900gs KO 2gb G.Skill HZ 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Hitachi 320gb & Seagate 7200.10 320gb Vista Home Premium 22" Westinghouse Dell multimedia 
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post #10 of 15
Windows is picky with so much crap I had a boot issue this morning!
    
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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WD 1TB SATA3 + 4TB Storage External USB Thermalright Archon Win 7 Pro x64 
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