My motherboard failed yesterday when I was hooking up a few devices to my computer. I brought it to a local company and they said the motherboard needed replacing and a new hard drive, as I'd need to do a fresh install on it.
Their reason for the new hard drive is that XP won't boot if I just slot the new drive back in and start it up. I questioned whether a board with the same chipset would mean I didn't have to do this but they said no.
Am I being told lies here? I really don't know much about mobo replacement.
Also, if i do install XP on the new drive, how likely is it that I can get data off the old drive? Theres some stuff on there that I didn't back up and it quite important.