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Swapping Motherboards Without Losing Hard Drive Files

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My motherboard seems to have died. Therefore, I have no way to boot my computer and back up the files on my hard drive before installing a new motherboard. If I were to swap the motherboard, and boot to the Windows XP install disk, would a repair install correct any hardware conflicts before the computer has a cow?

If this method is not plausible, are there any (reasonably priced) ways to back up hard drives without accessing them in windows?
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That's exactly what you will have to do and you shouldn't lose anything at all..

At worst, you may have to retake ownership of your files/folders..

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Good call on that one - used to be a non-believer and always deferred to a much longer approach, but this works quite well and shouldn't require having to change ownership. Good Luck ............
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