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I have to replace a friends mobo oh her HP, and she wants to save her stuff on her drive she has, and I do not know of 1 single way to do this unless I order the exact mobo from HP. Is there any way I can retain her HD with new mobo install??
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If the mobo is different, you will need a new OS if the one that she was using is the OEM version that came with the HP. As far as the hdd, you could use norotn ghost or something similar. I had to do the same thing for my nephew and just used another hdd to back-up his files and then move them back when I was done.
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Do you plan to reinstall the OS and apps? If not, burn all the data to DVDs.
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But her computer won't post at all. Fried mobo, so I can't access data.
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But her computer won't post at all. Fried mobo, so I can't access data.
Plug the HD into your system. Access data (do not boot on the drive).

P.S. Good way to get her to come and stay over at your house.
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So boot into my drive then access her drive and get her files?
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Wife would have an objection or 2...lol
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Shut down your PC. Hook up her drive. When your PC starts up, hit whatever key gets you to the boot menu (usually delete, but can also be F9 or F12, it should say on the POST screen)

When the menu comes up, select your hdd and boot up. Her drive should automatically show up as the next drive letter (I assume E: ) this should allow you to go into her drive and save files to yours or to DVD etc.

edit: You may be able to boot right up without going to the boot menu, but there is a chance it will try to boot from her drive as well.
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Thanks guys Reps+
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