One Hard Drive Changable Across Two Computers
Posted on 2012-08-20
I have a strange request but there is a logical reason ot it. My cusomter has a number of workstations connected together on a closed LAN which run 24/7. He has a couple of spare workstations as well so that he can swap out any that go faulty. All the workstations are fitted with disk caddies and there is a spare disk for each workstation. Obviously system availability is the key factor in the overall design architecture.
Until recently we have not had any problems in supporting him. However I had to source a new mobo to repair a faulty workstation. The new mobo is different from all the others because of obsolesence reasons. It has a different built -in mass storage controller and because of this none of the other hard drives will work in it even though they are all runing identical operationg systems and runtime applications. They only differ by their IP address. when I insert a disk with the new mobo controller installed it will boot to the Windows XP boot screen and then restart back to the BIOS screen. It continues this cycle uninterrupted.
This now gives me a big headache because I can no longer pick up any spare workstation disks and run it in any workstation. Neither can I have a spare workstation that can replace any faulty one unless I keep a hard drive for every different condition. Remeber each hard drive is the same except for the IP address.
My question is this. Can I have a single disk that will run accross two different motherboards where each mobo has a different mass storage controller?