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I need to format an HDD to run with a new motherboard, how do I go about doing that. It already has windows XP on it from the previous motherboard. And now with the new one it will not boot up. Is that carry over?

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The problem is generated because MicroSoft recognizes chip sets and hardware and when it changes there will be stop errors or NTLD error.

If you have a winxp cd you can boot from it and when it goes to install it will ask where, select to delete all the partitions it will then treat it as a raw drive and format to NTFS.

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Hello here is the homepage:

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3505#dl

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But the windows system sometimes have a limit especially windows xp.
A new sata driver or a bios upgrade is sometimes needed when you add a big harddrive.
Note: take care not to flash the bios with a wrong one if needed.
And also the new drive must be formatted ( in NTFS format ) before you can use it.
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