i have a socket 370 p3 800mhz processor with windows 98se running i have a motherboard with only 3pci slots i have found a new board which i would like to get it has 6 pci slots which i need the trouble is some one told me i will have to format the drive for the new board which I DO NOT WANT TO DO as i cannot back my sytem up is this true or not much regards for help if any cheers Ian
Unfortunately this won't help you. By copying an image of your current hard disk to a new hard disk in the new system, this is effectively the same as putting the old hard disk in the new system. Not a good idea.
I have put existing Win98 installations into new motherboards without problems, but this is not the norm. More usually you have problems which begin as slight niggles then become more serious as time goes by.
I suggest you copy your documents folders, data files, music, images and e-mails etc to a separate media, such as a second hard disk. Then do a clean install in your new system, re-install your applications from their CDs etc, then recover your data files, music, images, emails etc from your backup copies.
Make sure the new MoBo will fit into your case. A 3 PCI MoBo could be a Micro board. Does your present board take up the full backing plate or is there plenty room below for the extra PCI slots and length of MoBo.
You only really need to copy your data files, music, pictures, emails etc so none of these should be in use. Don't try to back up Windows or applications in this way, it won't work. You will need to re-install windows and apps from scratch.
Make sure you have all the drivers for your peripherals on a handy CD rom or original install disks.
For such a critical operation, I suggest you set the option to verify the files after copying.
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