Can I replace my motherboard without losing my data?

Mc D September 30, 2014
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I just buily my new computer but I want to change the motherbord to get more RAM. Is something going to change like losing photos or the windows???

  1. Sara
    October 28, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Your files, system are stored in the hard drive, changing motherboard don't loss your photos, windows etc. If you replacing the hardware like hard drive, you have to backup your data, even clone the whole drive disk.
    Certainly regularly backup your data is essential. To avoid the loss, please do another copy for your files whatever you do. todo-backup.com

  2. Jan F
    October 1, 2014 at 6:37 am

    It would be helpful if you could be more specific as to which motherboard and CPU you are using right now and which one you intend to get and also which exact Windows version you are using.

    You see, memory is limited by multiple factors:
    - the chipset of the motherboard
    - the processors support
    - the operating system

    If you are using a 32-bit Windows there is no change in hardware that will enable you to use more than 4GB of memory. You do need to switch to a 64-bit OS which will require a re-installation plus the hardware needs to support it.
    If you were to use e.g. Windows 7 Home Basic even the 64-bit version won't allow you to go beyond 8GB of memory.

    To answer the OP:
    Switching the motherboard does not harm your data. Everything will remain on the hard drive. Whether you will be able to just boot up after the switch and continue using your system is a different story. As it was pointed out for some switches that may work. In other cases you may need to reinstall Windows as the installed drivers might be conflicting with the new motherboard.
    So making a backup of ALL your data beforehand is definitely advisable. On top of that you should also prepare all the drivers required for both, the new motherboard and your other hardware before the switch.

  3. M Ahmed
    September 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    You wont be loosing any of your data from hard drive if you are replacing the motherboard with a identical motherboard.

    If you are replacing the motherboard to a completely different make and model you may have to re-install the OS.

  4. Hovsep A
    September 30, 2014 at 10:56 am

    well when you change the motherboard and if it is different than the current one you will have to reinstall Windows (you can choose upgrade option when booting on windows dvd so that your files will not be deleted). Best As Oron suggest you have to backup your files, you can create a new partition to move your files there or you can use external hard drive.
    you can also install SSD hard drive to host Windows (reinstall windows), your pc will be faster and your files on the normal hard drive will still be there. Suggest to unregister windows first on the normal hard drive.

  5. Oron J
    September 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Your data should not be affected by replacing the montherboard. That said, there are two important points I'd like to make:
    1. You *must* make a backup of your data before replacing the motherbaord. Such a replacement does not always go smoothly, and depending on the diffference in hardware, you may end up reinstalling Windows on the PC. You should *never* attempt a major upgarde without a backup.
    2. It may be just a matter of phrasing, but it's not clear to me why you don't just upgrade the memory on your PC rather than replace the motherboard!

    • Mc D
      September 30, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for you help but im using the maximum ram for the motherboard with 1 tera hard disk

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