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Hardware Replecement

By bala_irfan ·
We have Use MS Small Buissness Server 2003, Server is installed and working fine on Pentium III Base Server. We Desided to Upgrade the server . but sbs not boot in new hardware with old hard disk. so please suggest me .

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by Breydel In reply to Hardware Replecement

It's kind of hard to answer this question without further information around what the exact symptoms are...

But I'll try...

I'll assume since you are talking about "hard disk" (singular), there is no RAID involved. If there is, this becomes a whole new scenario.

Not being able to boot with old disk and new H/W is generally caused by either an issue with the disk's MBR or with the hardware's Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI)

If it is ACPI, you may need to modify your boot.ini to specify the correct hal dll to use.
This is the list of possibilities :

ACPI Multiprocessor PC = Halmacpi.dll
ACPI Uniprocessor PC = Halaacpi.dll
Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC = Halacpi.dll
MPS Multiprocessor PC = Halmps.dll
MPS Uniprocessor PC = Halapic.dll
Standard PC = Hal.dll
Compaq SystemPro Multiprocessor or 100% Compatible = Halsp.dll

If you are not sure which one to use, you can modify your boot.ini to give you a choice at boottime between the different options, then boot from the different options to see which one works for you.

To see how these switches are used in the boot.ini, go and have a look here :;en-us;833721#XSLTH3221121121120121120120

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by Breydel In reply to

Forgot to mention : if it is an MBR issue, try fdisk /mbr and reboot.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Hardware Replecement

You'll need to reinstall 2003 Server so it can recognize the new hardware and install the correct drivers. Currently from what I gather you have replaced the main part of the computer but not the HDD and are attempting to boot from the Drive that has drivers for a different M'Board installed.

Now firstly this is against MS Licensing Agreement so unless you have purchased multiple Licenses for 2003 you are up for a new License or even a new copy of 2003 as if you read the License agreement you have only bought the right to use the software on 1 piece of hardware and you do not even actually own the Installation CD. The next thing that you'll need is the COA on the old box so you retain the Product Key so you'll need to keep the part of the box with the COA on.

You can not just pull a boot-able drive out of one machine and place it into another and expect it to work. This would be like trying to fit a 747 motor to a Leer Jet they are different size motors and one will not work properly in the other aircraft and actually you could go very close to fitting the Leer into the 747 motor rather than fitting it to the aircraft.

So get your License's sorted out and then install 2003 onto the new hardware and you'll not have any problems.


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