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Well my brother just got a new mobo so that he could use his AGP video card. Everything seems to be working fine except that windows will not boot. It will go the the screen where it has options to: Boot from last know..., in safe mode, and start windows normally. Which ever option I choose windows does not boot. I remember when I first installed my hard drive from my old one to my current mobo that I had the same exact problem. The way I fixed my problem last time was I formatted my hard drive and installed a fresh Windows XP using my new mobo and everything worked again. I dont want to have to format his hard drive because we have a bunch of family pictures from our digital camera. So I need help finding out how to make windows boot properly without losing any information. I'm not really sure about partitions, but if I install a seperate partition will I be able to access the files in the old one? Yeah, I'm not entirely sure what to do, any ideas or help would be of great appreciation.

Thanks again for any help oc.net members

My bros specs: Intel Celeron 2.8, 512mb ram, Western Digital Caviar 80gb, ECS L4VXA2 (1.0A) Socket 478 VIA P4X400 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135219)
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toss the drive in a working computer and backup the files from there, then reformat... its what I'd do
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deathdispenser's right, I think.

A reformat and fresh install is always the best way forward for a new mobo, plus if you start trying for force the new mobo to boot off the existing disk there's an outside chance that that in itself might corrupt the data on the disk.

Make a backup anyway, whatever else you do :-)
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Well my brother just got a new mobo so that he could use his AGP video card. Everything seems to be working fine except that windows will not boot. It will go the the screen where it has options to: Boot from last know..., in safe mode, and start windows normally. Which ever option I choose windows does not boot. I remember when I first installed my hard drive from my old one to my current mobo that I had the same exact problem. The way I fixed my problem last time was I formatted my hard drive and installed a fresh Windows XP using my new mobo and everything worked again. I dont want to have to format his hard drive because we have a bunch of family pictures from our digital camera. So I need help finding out how to make windows boot properly without losing any information. I'm not really sure about partitions, but if I install a seperate partition will I be able to access the files in the old one? Yeah, I'm not entirely sure what to do, any ideas or help would be of great appreciation.

Thanks again for any help Overclock.net members

My bros specs: Intel Celeron 2.8, 512mb ram, Western Digital Caviar 80gb, ECS L4VXA2 (1.0A) Socket 478 VIA P4X400 ATX Intel Motherboard (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135219)
It's normally better to reinstall Windows when you change mobos.
You can do the following if you wish to save some of your data:
1) Install Partition Magic.
2) Create 2 partitions on your hard disk.
3) Copy the files you wish to backup to the empty/free partition.
4) Format the partition where the OS resides.
5) Install Windows on the formatted partition.

That's what I do when I don't feel like performing a backup of my files because I'm in a hurry and I have something like 30GB of downloaded files that I want to keep.
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Pfft, only 30GB anyways, what I personally did was buy a new 80GB drive (best price to space ratio I think) and install XP to that drive and have all of my files intact on the 200GB (sure, you could partition but I wanted a new drive anyways) and now I use the 80GB for OS and games and the 200GB for downloaded stuff and non performance demanding programs and I am very happy with it.
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