I have had an experience recently where a Mobo Burned out, and I needed to put in an entire operating system, rather then just replace the Mobo….
So unrelated, but still true, I need to upgrade my server 2008 to 2012. After talking to my tech, I told him of my fear. The fear that even if I had the image backed up, that the hardware would one day malfunction, and not boot ( if I needed to replace in the future). He is recommending that I buy a Sata Expansion card. And that my hard drive boot from it, rather then the sata on the Mobo. In this way he feels he can take my system and boot it off of any new mobo if I do have such a problem.. so long as I but an expansion sata card for the machine I wash to boot from in the future..
Any thoughts appreciated