can i boot up a vista hdd on a new motherboar

September 29, 2011 at 06:46:00
Specs: Windows Vista
Ok. I have a hard drive with some applications on it that I really want to keep. I need to upgrade my cpu, though. However, my mobo will not upgrade to anything much better, (it's AMD2) I was thinking I could get an AMD2+/AMD3 mobo and put a better cpu in there, maybe the hdd will recognize it as an upgrade rather than an entirely new system? What am I missing here... Also I'm in the process of building a new system using an intel 1155 socket for an intel processor. It would be awesome to use the old hdd as a secondary one on that, but the different OS might be an issue. I'm new to this really, any suggestions?

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#1
September 29, 2011 at 07:49:02
The new motherboard with the old hard drive.......the hard drive will not have any drivers etc for the new board in many cases. It is likely it will not boot, but doing a repair of Windows may or may not resolve the issue. The hard drive could be placed in the new system as a secondary drive, your programs and stuff will still work tho you may have to recreate any desktop shortcuts.

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#2
September 29, 2011 at 08:39:44
Drop the D. It's not AMD2, it's AM2. There's also AM2+, AM3, AM3+. Did you go to the motherboard manufacturer's website & check the CPU support list?

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#3
September 29, 2011 at 14:02:01
I would love to just use it as a secondary drive in the new system. Are there any specific steps I should take to help that work?

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#4
September 29, 2011 at 14:03:49
I did check out the motherboard upgrade options on the manufacturer website, but the upgrade options weren't worth doing, as it wouldn't make the system better in a noticable way. Oh and I'm sorry about putting the D in the socket type. I won't let it happen again sir.

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#5
September 29, 2011 at 14:19:52
I would love to just use it as a secondary drive in the new system. Are there any specific steps I should take to help that work? Just format it and hook it up in the new machine. If it's a Sata drive, you don't have to worry about jumper settings. All you need is a cable hooked into the Sata 2 port.

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