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My friend tells me that when i get my new mobo and install it etc. i will have to reformat. I dont mind doing it but i was just curious as to if its true or just something i SHOULD do?
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post #2 of 12
Yes you will have to, only in some strange case that they boot up....but you should reformat everytime when upgrading hardware other than a video card/pci card, ect.....
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post #3 of 12
You will more than likely have to. You can try a windows repair on the drive but it will likely be unstable. Better to do a fresh install.
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yep you will have to reformat
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alright thanks guys.
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post #6 of 12
you may not have to reformat. you can hook everything up and then put your windows disc in and boot to your CD. then just do a repair on your current windows install. that may do it, may not... but worst case senario you're out about 10 min. and best case cenario you don't have to reformat
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post #7 of 12
No you don't have to reformat! Just do a repair install of windows and you will be fine. Also if you are going from nforce to nforce then you may not even have to reinstall.
     
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post #8 of 12
Why do you guys like to reformat at the smallest problem? Like soloz2 said, try a repair install first. Don't hit R at the first screen, hit Enter, F8, then R to repair. This works 90% of the time. I haven't reinstalled Windows on this drive since I put XP on here when it came out. I've gone through a handfull of motherboards and processors in that time. And what cdub998 isn't true, a repair will fix the instability that causes BSOD/reboots when you change chipsets. If it boots into Windows you can update your drivers and that will fix any instability that might still be there.

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post #9 of 12
When I changed MOBOs from an EPOX to the one I have now all I did was unistall the motherboard drivers BEFORE the switch. Once I had everything set up I just installed the drivers for the motherboard. It has been weeks now and no problems. However, it's still a good idea to backup everything important when doing a major hardware change.
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post #10 of 12
Every time I have switched mobos and tried a repair it has either not worked or has been very unstable... Just giving advice from experience.
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