Windows Home Server Hardware Upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by exiled350, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. exiled350

    exiled350 MDL Novice

    Jan 23, 2008
    I have a homebuilt home server and its been running great, but the hardware is a little long in the tooth. I recently retired a much more modern pc that id like to swap the motherboard and proc with. The problem is that i dont want to reinstall WHS and all the crap i did to it. How pissed is window going if all the hardware changes like that? Can i use sysprep /generalize before i do the switch, or will that kill my data array? Im not using raid or anything just 3 IDE hdds and a usb2 external.

    Current system
    Amd Athlon xp 2100+
    1024mb ddr333
    abit kt7a-raid (via kt266)

    New System
    Intel D915GAG
    Intel Pentium 4 530j
    1024mb ddr333
  2. OleBent

    OleBent MDL Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Windows has gotten a lot better over the years at starting on different hardware but disc controllers tends to give problems.

    Acronis True Image with Universal Resore might be worth looking into.

    This solution is among other stuff aimed at bare metal restore of installations.

    An image done with Acronis and restored using Universal Restore gives you the ability to add essential drivers like disk controllers and such.

    Of course tha activation will fail since that much hw change definitely will take it out of tolerance.

    Good luck with the project.
  3. kocoman

    kocoman MDL Senior Member

    May 16, 2007
    Is there any straigt forward way to fix the 7b error etc (due to hardware change) without having to image and then restore an image. It would take a long time and need a spare hard drive or reassemble raid array

  4. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    Yes, test on actual hardware or read from .driver.inf what entries are required
    boot with WinPE, regedit, CriticalDeviceDatabase + required service entries

    Takes few minutes

    If you do not know how then maybe this is not for you