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Swaping harddrive

I have a 233 PII running NT Server with a 10 gig drive (5 2 gig partitions)

I just got a 475 Celeron without a harddrive.

So, can I just take the drive out of the pentium and install it in the celeron, boot it up and off i go?
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joedCommented:
If the bios is set to autodetect it should go. You will get window errors about the other hardware like video adapter and monitor and sound card etc which will probably have to be reinstalled to match the new system. backup anything important first
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fracheCommented:

No, impossible.
You must reinstall everything : system,application ...
NT is hardware "dependent"...

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Glyn011499Author Commented:
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Glyn011499Author Commented:
ok, which is it? lol
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fracheCommented:

A NT server isn't like "Windows 9x".
It's not a plug and play OS.If you change hardware, it can't detect it ...
blue screen during boot and game over ...
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With a Windows 9X and a motherboard using same chipset family ( ex i810 / BX )it's could  be ok.
Plug and play detect new hardware and you can boot in maintenance mode ( no drivers load) to modify hardware configuration.
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OttaCommented:
> which is it?

JOED is correct for Windows 95/98.
(I've done it.)

I think that FRACHE is correct for Windows NT.  If you have a "spare" 2GB hard-drive, use software like Partition Magic to copy your current NT "boot" partition to the "spare" hard-drive, and try the "spare" hard-drive in the "bare" system.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
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1cellCommented:
JOED is correct for Windows 95/98.

Sometimes this is true.  If the hardware is different, most of the time, the registry will have to be rebuilt.  I experienced this simply switching motherbaords and regardless of what I tried, I could not get the IDE controllers to work.
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jjmcdCommented:
Even for Win98 there are processor differences that can cause a lot of greif.  What's bad about Win98 is that it will 'mostly' work.  At least NT is decent enough to fail pretty firmly, or not.

That being said, I've had better luck at this trick with NT than with Win9x, but you need to be prepared for some fancy dancing when you boot NT the first few dozen times ;-)
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Glyn011499Author Commented:
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Glyn011499Author Commented:
So it will boot?  If it will boot, I can dance... : )
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1cellCommented:
the dancing might be quite invloved if you even have feet!
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fracheCommented:

The best answer for you :
Backup your data and make a try ...
If your new hardware is (too) different, game over ...
If your NT isn't stable after swap, game over.
If it's ok , you can dance ...
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When I upgrade a NT server, I make a backup and i keep :
- data (and trustee)
- acccount
- some part of registry ( export reg file )
System,drivers,backup software and applications are reinstalled.  
That all's ...

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With Win 9X , problem is different because :
- You can delete "hardware" ( control panel / system )
- You can Boot in maintenance mode ( boot with generic driver - low performance ).
- New hardware is Auto-detected-> Plug and play OS.
If you use same family chipset and processor,it's easy.
If you try to replace Intel chipset motherboard with VIA or ALI chipset motherboard you must reinstall everything.  
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joedCommented:
I must withdraw my comments since I missed the part about NT. I have very minimal exposure to NT and there seems to many people more expert than myslef here.
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Glyn011499Author Commented:
I had pretty much decided this was also the best course, thanks for everyones input.
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