Server 2003 "Upgrade" Reinstall

I have a machine I inherited running 2000 Server. I'm finding out it probably isn't legal, but since I have 2003 licenses I want to upgrade it anyway.

I demoted it fine. It's only running one app I care about (Subversion).

Problem is, It's 2000 Advanced Server. Only upgrade path is to 2003 Enterprise Server and I dont own that (just 2003 Server Standard and SBS).

What do I have to do to get this machine running 2003 Server?

I'm mostly concerned about

A) A HD controller that requires a custom driver to deal with one of it's HD's.
B) The 60 gigs of data on the 2nd HD attached to the controller on an NTFS partition. I don't want to have to restore a backup. Ideally it will stay right where it is.

I don't care about an "upgrade". I'll reinstall what I need. I just don't want to have to repartition/reformat/restore.

TIA
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MazaraatCommented:
Boot from the CD and install new OS onto the C partition.  It will say that it found another installation and if you want to upgarde or reinstall...it will also give you the option of formatting the C partition or using it as is.
MazaraatCommented:
Just dont --->delete<--- the partitions =)
JavaWannaBeeAuthor Commented:
Upgrade won't work because of the old install. Youre saying re-install is sufficient even if not an accurate description of what I'm going to do?
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MazaraatCommented:
yes, I would boot from CD, it will detect old installtion, select install new installation, then it will ask you were to install to, I would do a quick ntfs format of the C to remove all traces of the old software..

make sure to copy all pertinent network information down...dns servers, wins, dhcp etc...NIC settings...

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JavaWannaBeeAuthor Commented:
The quickformat of C scares me a little, but i'll see if it works without that. If so, the points are yours.
MazaraatCommented:
You could always install into the current...I really don't lke doing that becuase sometimes stuff from the old system creeps in....
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