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By joe_spaziano ·
I had NT 4.0 installed on logical drive C of a departmental server. It was buggy, so I did a new install to logical drive D. I left the NT files on drive C. The system now boots from drive D and seems to be working fine.
I had a consultant in and he recommended that I reinstall the operating system after wiping out the entire hard drive. He indicated that having two copies of NT was potentially dangerous and that NT was sure to confuse DLLs, etc. I am faced with a two day reinstall and reload.
I would appreciate any advice, opinions, etc. Is having an earlier version of NT on my C drive dangerous? The consultant did not recommend merely removing the duplicated files from the C drive.

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by ACGPHX In reply to Multiple copies of NT

I don't see how the existing setup can adversely affect your system.

But if you need to:
You can change the drive letter from to C: and C: to in disk administrator. If you wih to remove the NT on the origional C: do a backup first. Then remove it. This will take care of registry entries as well. But you can Export the regisrty & change all instances of d: to c: then re-import it this should take care of almost all registry entries. Be sure to search the registry thoroughly. You may have issues if you miss something or in some third pary software which has to be done manually.

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by joe_spaziano In reply to Multiple copies of NT

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by craig In reply to Multiple copies of NT

If all the programs are functioning properly and you've imported the Registry Hive, you can safely say that it's fine - tell the consultant to go back to school.

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by ErikTheRed In reply to Multiple copies of NT

As long as you're *absolutely* sure that NT is using the WINNT folder on the _D_ drive to find its files, you should be fine just removing the WINNT directory from the C drive. An important thing to note is that the boot.ini, ntdetect, and probably part of your pagefile are still on the root directory of your C drive. The C drive is essentially your system partition in this case, while the D is your boot partition. Make certain that you don't delete the files in the _root_ directory of C, or your system won't boot. And of course, just in case, make a current ERD before doing anything like this! :) As far as confusing DLLs, etc, NT has the %systemroot% path (probably) set to \WINNT, and apps are most likely using that path to look for DLLs, etc. Still, removing the old WINNT folder is a good idea.

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by mprochaska1 In reply to Multiple copies of NT

You should always wipe the drive before you do an NT install. However since you're already dones with the install, if you're happy that it's working okay, I would just wipe the C partition and leave it at that. I've installed more NT servers than I could posibly keep track of. The second thing that you should know is that if someone calls themselves a consultant, it probably means they couldn't get a real job, so they call themselves a consultant. Every consultant I've ever met, and that's quite a few these days, hasn't been knowledgable enough to even figure out simple tasks without my help. They are, without a doubt, of absolutely no use to me.

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by dcyr In reply to Multiple copies of NT

On the other hand, if one of your drivers were to become corrupt and cause a BSOD on startup, you could use the second install to fix it. I would leave the old install intact. In order to recover from a start up blue screen on a server with a NTFS partition, the first thing you need to do is to install a parellel version of NT. You already have one installed with all the right drivers. Also, if your server is running fine now, why screw with it?

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