[SOLVED] New Motherboard and CPU with old SSD

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My old computer recently stopped working entirely, where first my motherboard said the bios was corrupted and then it did something with dual bios and attempted to load windows but I just got in a blue screen and "attempting repairs" loop. I did not have time to back up any of my important data (basically just my dark souls saves that are not on the steam cloud) because I was not anticipating this failure.

I have since purchased a new computer except for my old SSD and graphics card. Tomorrow I will plug in the power supply and I do not know what do do about my SSD and files.

I could attempt to boot from my old SSD as is and hope there are no problems with drivers. If this worked out, it would be best for me. However I read that with new chipsets and other drivers they tend to mess up with the new hardware. My old motherboard and fx8320 proccessor are over 5 years old.

Alternatively, I could do a clean install of windows, which would be the simplest, however I would lose my pictures and save files. I do not have any methods to access the files on my ssd because all I have at my house are laptops with no SATA ports.

Is there some method I could either boot right from my SSD as normal or get the files that I need off of it in order to clean install windows? Any help would be much appreciated.
 

USAFRet

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New system and old drive+OS, has 3 possible outcomes:
  1. It works just fine
  2. It fails completely
  3. It "works", but you're chasing issues for weeks/months.
I've seen all 3.

Your hardware is pretty far away from each other.. I predict #1 or 3.


"I do not have any methods to access the files on my ssd because all I have at my house are laptops with no SATA ports. "
Buy a SATA-USB dock. About $20-$30.
https://www.amazon.com/Docking-Tccmebius-TCC-S862-US-External-Enclosure/dp/B07LGCKMK7
https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Docking-Station-Support/dp/B0099TX7O4 (I have one of these)

Connect the drive in question to one of the laptops. Retrieve your personal files.

Then, a fresh install in the new hardware.
 

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What is the new PC? You can usually boot from a similar platform's W10 installation (minus the activation) because W10 will find the needed drivers from its database. I've done this many times.
Then you can rescue the needed files and consider a clean install of W10 after that. But if the old PC was too different from the new one, the attempt may be met with failure. I'd still give it a try... what have you got to lose?

I'm running on a similar platform right now. I changed from a 1151 ATX board to a mATX board with different chipsets and the system booted fine. I still haven't done a clean install of W10 because I want to see how long everything continues to play nice.

If you get to the W10 desktop, run CCleaner (clean and reg sections both) to help clean up problems. Works for me. Then do a W10 disk cleanup including system files. Follow that with a SSD optimization.
 
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What is the new PC? You can usually boot from a similar platform's W10 installation (minus the activation) because W10 will find the needed drivers from its database. I've done this many times.
Then you can rescue the needed files and consider a clean install of W10 after that. But if the old PC was too different from the new one, the attempt may be met with failure. I'd still give it a try... what have you got to lose?

I'm running on a similar platform right now. I changed from a 1151 ATX board to a mATX board with different chipsets and the system booted fine. I still haven't done a clean install of W10 because I want to see how long everything continues to play nice.

If you get to the W10 desktop, run CCleaner (clean and reg sections both) to help clean up problems. Works for me. Then do a W10 disk cleanup including system files. Follow that with a SSD optimization.
My old motherboard was a gigabyte ds3p 970a and my new one is an msi b450 tomohawk. I upgraded to a Ryzen 3600x and new ram as well. I would imagine the system is pretty different from my old one because of different motherboard brand and everything.
 

USAFRet

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New system and old drive+OS, has 3 possible outcomes:
  1. It works just fine
  2. It fails completely
  3. It "works", but you're chasing issues for weeks/months.
I've seen all 3.

Your hardware is pretty far away from each other.. I predict #1 or 3.


"I do not have any methods to access the files on my ssd because all I have at my house are laptops with no SATA ports. "
Buy a SATA-USB dock. About $20-$30.
https://www.amazon.com/Docking-Tccmebius-TCC-S862-US-External-Enclosure/dp/B07LGCKMK7
https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Docking-Station-Support/dp/B0099TX7O4 (I have one of these)

Connect the drive in question to one of the laptops. Retrieve your personal files.

Then, a fresh install in the new hardware.
 
Dec 7, 2020
3
0
10
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New system and old drive+OS, has 3 possible outcomes:
  1. It works just fine
  2. It fails completely
  3. It "works", but you're chasing issues for weeks/months.
I've seen all 3.

Your hardware is pretty far away from each other.. I predict #1 or 3.


"I do not have any methods to access the files on my ssd because all I have at my house are laptops with no SATA ports. "
Buy a SATA-USB dock. About $20-$30.
https://www.amazon.com/Docking-Tccmebius-TCC-S862-US-External-Enclosure/dp/B07LGCKMK7
https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Docking-Station-Support/dp/B0099TX7O4 (I have one of these)

Connect the drive in question to one of the laptops. Retrieve your personal files.

Then, a fresh install in the new hardware.
This is most likely what I will do. I have done the media creation thing in the past smoothly, and I can wait to play on my save files for a few days until the adapter comes. Thanks.
 

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