I need to find a MoBo which will boot from my H Drive

Posted on 2014-01-26
Last Modified: 2014-02-02
I am having issues with a fully configured system running on a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3

my tech said that relocating my HDrive onto a new MoBo might not boot. in his view, the sata drivers may be different.
Is he right ?
what am I looking for to insure compatibility, and bootability ?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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same mass storage driver i.e. intel

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not sure what that is.... can u steer me in the right direction...?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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ANY Intel chipset should work.. just make sure you connect the HD to the Intel SATA ports vs the Marvell or other chipset mfr's Sata ports, if you have AHCI enabled in the current MB do the same with the replacement MB (if not then not, factory default is usually compatibility mode)

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thank you so much
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i have not yet seen any sata disk that did not boot from another motherboard.
what will happen, when you connect it to another board, is that it will start updating all it's drivers.
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nice to hear from you again...and thanks for chiming in...

so then I take it that at very worse, it will ask me to reactivate?
which is not a bad thing.
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that can be; i assume you do not have an OEM OS?

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no I do not....

but may I ask... over the years you have really hit the mark on issues...
I am really having a problem and I am not sure what to make of it. or even it's relative seriousness

would you mind having a look..and giving me your thoughts.
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by:Danny Child
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If it's the H: drive, I'm presuming it's not your OS...
personally, I'd fit the new mobo, find some old hdd to run a temporary OS on, and then, connect the H: drive disk as a slave.
Get the data off it, get a backup, check it.
Then, you can see whether it's bootable.
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nobus earned 250 total points
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ok  - i answered in that Q
and if it is not the BOOT drive, there is no problem hooking it to another board
as Dan said, just copy what you need
you can alwauys install Ubuntu as free OS, very easy to use

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