There is no relation between formatting and OS installed on harddriveOriginally Posted by cpmee
Yeah, no need to reinstall the OS for a simple cpu swap. If changing the motherboard and using a hard drive OS, then a clean format is recommended. But if using a SSD, even thats no longer needed.
Most motherboards that have the hard drives running off of sata have the AHCI option. Even switching to a different motherboard with this type of interface enable will cause little headache, though you will most likely have to reactivate windows, you may or may not get by if the motherboard is identical I.E. swapping a dead motherboard for a good one of the same model.Originally Posted by cpmee
Hmm, it could very well be just an IDE issue. I tried that a long time ago and experienced sneaky corruption of my data, so ever since Ive played it safe and reformatted whenever changing motherboards. Except for this time on a SSD.