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I just installed a new motherboard and CPU. When I power up the system it is not detecting my HD.

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  • fyrefly Jan 07, 2009

    Win XP SP3
    Motherboard: Asus M3A78 Pro
    CPU: Athlon X2 6500
    Memory: 1G DDR2 667
    HDD: Maxtor 160G

    I have tried connecting The HDD by itself, with the floppy, and with the floppy and DVD. I keep getting locked into a loop where I get the "start in Safe Mode" screen. The it acts as though it cannot read the HDD.


  • fyrefly Jan 07, 2009

    Yes the HDD was used with the last system. I was hoping not to have to back up all the old data as I don't have a spare HDD, looks like my laptop is going to get full. Thank you for the help.

  • MrJeebs May 11, 2010

    The impression that I'm getting is that you had an existing installation of XP, and now you have installed a new mobo and cpu, expecting the XP installation you had to work with the new mobo and cpu?

  • MrJeebs May 11, 2010

    Need system specs...

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Hi fyrefly, I'm guessing the hdd is connected to, SATA1 port on the MB & the hdd is also listed in the boot menu! (So it should load).
If not check it. Make sure it is. You mentioned above you have Win XP w/SP3 installed. That is very tough to imagine, unless you had the hdd installed on your old board when you updated it to SP3.
If I'm correct you need to do a fresh install of windows on the hdd. Windows can see all the old drivers & hasn't a clue what to do with them. So it sends you to safe mode. I can understand that you do not want to loose your personal data. The best way to not loose your data would be to hook up your old board with the hdd. Add a second SATA or PATA drive to the system & copy & past all your personal data to the SATA or PATA slave drive. Here is a list of what you need to back up.
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Desktop
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Favorites
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\Local Settings\Identities
C:\Documents and Settings\ User name\My Documents
Data from any program you may have installed.

Once the data has been copied to a slave drive you can put it back into the new Asus board. Boot to the windows CD & format the hdd & install windows. It's always recommended to do a fresh install of windows when upgrading to a newer board. There’s only one exception to this rule. That is if the MB your switching to is exactly the same as the old MB. You do not need to put the old mother board back into your case for this data retrieval. Grab a couple of books about 1" to 2" thick & lay em on a table. Take a static bag (Like the one that covered the MB & lay it over the books). Place the old MB on the static bag. Hook up your power supply, video, hdd's, keyboard, mouse & connect your monitor. Use a pen & short the power on pins coming from the MB. The system will boot. Copy & past your data to the slave drive.
(Data saved)! Re-connect your new board (still in the case). Boot to the windows CD, format & install.
Install your programs, printer & update windows. Copy & past your data back to your hdd.
Everything should workout just fine. Windows will be happy too!
I have done this more times than I can recall. Its time-consuming, I know but its worth every minute.

Good luck fyrefly!
If the suggestion doesn't fly, tell me why.
Thank you for using fixya.
Mike

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