New motherboard, old data on HDD

  amphibea 11:39 15 Apr 06

I am upgrading my computer from a pentium 4 (plus some motherboard) to an Athlon 64 3000+ and Asus A8v-Deluxe mobo. My master hard drive has a version of windows installed on the C:\ Drive and I have some data on a partition Z:\. I also have another physical drive, F:\, with some data and no windows. My new motherboard recognises the existance of both drives.

Whenever i try to start up the computer, it takes me as far as the screen where I can choose whether to start windows normally or use safemode. In both cases, whatever I choose, the computer pops up a Blue Screen of Death for a moment, then restarts. When I request for it not to restart upon finding an error, the blue screen tells me "Stop 0x0000007b" and that i should check for viruses on my drive.

On other forums, i have seen reports of similar problems, using a new mobo to boot up an existing version of Windows from the old HDD. Of the queries i have read, everyone resorted to formatting their drive. Is there any other way to get my motherboard to run my old version of windows without deleting everything? Thanks in advance.

  Totally-braindead 11:58 15 Apr 06

You can I believe Repair windows leaving your existing DATA the same and then install motherboard drivers etc. I'm told it works, by various members of the Forum, but have never tried it myself as I backup anything that I must keep to either CD, DVD or my external hard drive. And prefer to do a format and clean install. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:53 15 Apr 06

For reference next time you change the mobo

Drivers to disable BEFORE changing motherboard
click here

  andrew-271845 13:19 15 Apr 06

Is there any other way to get my new motherboard to run my old HDD version of windows without deleting everything? Thanks in advance

  ACOLYTE 13:22 15 Apr 06

If there is no power and led lights i don't think that the OS is an issue i would check the cabling.

  wobblymike 17:08 15 Apr 06

I would not even think of trying to run your old version of windows with a new mobo. If you have partitioned then your other partitions will be unaffected you only need to format your c drive and reinstall the os to it, naturally if you have any other data on c you will lose it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:13 15 Apr 06

You could try booting straight to safe mode(windows only loads minimum drivers) then follow my link from above to disable old drivers.
reboot to normal mode and run mobo CD to load new drivers.

Let us know how you get on.

  amphibea 17:24 15 Apr 06

Thanks for the information, i think the best thing to do would be to put the HDs into my other computer to back up my files and format it.
I'm having trouble accessing both the Safe Mode and the recovery disk, so it seems like formatting is my best option. Thanks again, everyone.

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