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Moving server hard drives to new server

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I have an old HP ML 110 G5, running a 2-drive RAID1 SATA array from an Adaptec HostRaid controller.

I have a new HP ML 350 G6, running a 2-drive RAID1 SAS array from a P410i controller, plus an onboard SATA controller.

After taking 1 drive out of the ML110 array and putting it into the ML350's SATA controller,  the Windows Server 2008 boots fine. HPSIM is then run to install the new drivers.

The server is then rebooted into Acronis Backup & Recovery boot disk. Using Acronis Disk Management I can clone the drive from the SATA drive to the SAS array.

When booting from the ML350's SAS array, Windows boots as far as crcdisk.sys and then reboots, even in safe mode.

Is there a way to edit offline edit Windows to only look for the SAS controller, and not the SATA controller? I'm certain it's a hard coded entry in the registry still pointing to the SATA controller.

I'd rather not reload the server, that would be a final option.
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I allways use Acronis Universal Restore to restore a image on different hardware.
My advice:

Make a image of the old server, put it on a usb disk or network drive.
Restore the image using Acronis Universal Restore you can add specific drivers for raid controllers.

I dont think its possible to use universal restore if you just clone a disk.
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I'm not able to get purchase sign off of Universal Restore, and I agree it would be ideal.

I was hoping there was a manual way of achieving the same task.

Thanks
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I plugged the SATA drives into an HP 8300 workstation. This booted perfectly and has been used as a migration server.

I'm now managed to get signoff on Universal restore, and will use that to port the OS properly.
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