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Can I move a Windows 2000 server HDD straight to another Windows 2003 server?

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Can I move a Windows 2000 server HDD straight to another Windows 2003 server?

I need some hard evidence.
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    Why not?  You mean like a DATA disk?  Sure.  I've moved drives around servers often.  If it's a dynamic disk, you may need to "import" it, but everything will be perfectly readable.
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    What do you mean by move?
    Can an existing Windows 2003 system read a Windows 2000 server's hard disk? Yes of course. They are only a .1 release out. Both use NTFS and will read each other's disks quite happily.

    However I think you need to expand on what you are exactly doing, and what you mean by "hard evidence".

    Simon.
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    by:lpenrod
    I am retiring a server.  The server has data on a SAN.  I would like to move that SAN to the new server and sync the drives.

    The old server is Windows 2000 and the new server is Windows 2003.

    I was just concerned because I know that there are different versions of NTFS.  I was guessing that they are backwards compatible, but I just wanted some proof.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Should be just fine.  The only File system support lost was HFS with NT4.  All versions of NTFS can be read by 2003 without a problem (at least from NT4 and 2000).
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    I need to "prove" to my boss that this can be done.  I need documentation to show him.  I can't go to him with "some guy on Experts-Exchange said it can be done".
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Test it out.  Take a hard disk, put it in a 2000 server, format it, and put some data on it.  Then put it in a 2003 server.  Easiest thing to do to prove it beyond doubt.

    Or, call Microsoft, $250.  Is your data NOT worth $250 on a support call to ensure you don't loose it all?  (You will be wasting it, but that's beside the point)?

    I'll look for links for you, but I can assure you, you won't have problems that are caused by supposedly incompatible file systems.
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    by:Sembee
    I don't think I have ever seen anything that specifically says Windows 2000 NTFS and Windows 2003 NTFS were compatible, I guess everyone has just presumed they were. I just Googled it and found nothing. I know I have moved drives between the operating systems quite happily.

    The SAN might be a different matter. You may need to check with the SAN manufacturer to see if there is anything that you need to do for Windows 2003 compatability.

    Simon.
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    This MIGHT give you some information - I don't have an account and couldn't see the whole thing.
    http://itpapers.zdnet.com/abstract.aspx?scid=273&x=40&sortby=comp&docid=7936
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