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Windows 7: New MOBO, Same HDD

12 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 10 Pro
New MOBO, Same HDD

hello, so im thinking of getting a new motherboard. and with that, i would have to format my HDD. however, i would like to avoid that if i could.

what can i do with my HDD so that i can replace my mobo and not have to format my HDD?

i have a WD HDD, so i would like to use their tool if possible.

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12 Oct 2013   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

I think Kari's Tutorial will work for your needs

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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12 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 10 Pro

sweeet thanks!
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12 Oct 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by N00berG00ber View Post
sweeet thanks!
If you plan using Sysprep method, take care of the warning box for Internet Explorer 10.
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13 Oct 2013   #5
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

what can i do with my HDD so that i can replace my mobo and not have to format my HDD?
Formatting the hard drive is not really the issue with a new Mobo; instead, the issue is that it is likely to have new hardware and require drivers that are not present in your current setup. In worst case, when you try to boot using the old hard drive and the new Mobo, it will refuse to boot.

In addition to the Sysprep method, another way to handle this is to use as third-party product for backups (i.e., Macrium Reflect, Acronis Backup & Recovery, Easus products) that provides support for restoring to different hardware.
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13 Oct 2013   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

This may be of assistance as well,

Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap
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