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  • I've gone through this before sucessfully with another system but the scenario was different and more cut and dry (sys drive failure).  I have a 10TB WHS and it seems like my hardware problem is too much for me to fix so i was thinking about a new box anyway so that will probably take less time than to put this in the shop.  Anyway my question is since all my drives are ok can i just put them all into a new system and things work?  Or will i have to do a new install on the new hardware then bring my data over one HDD at a time (12 drives)?  New hardware will be different than original.
    Monday, February 8, 2010 1:58 AM


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  • Hi,

    It may work fine if the hardware changes are not too great but you will probably spend more time trying to fix little problems with drivers and so on that it would be better to migrate all your hardware and perform a server recovery on the new system.

    You might want to read through these two posts to give you an overview of the process:



    Good luck,

    • Proposed as answer by Al West Monday, February 8, 2010 2:18 AM
    • Marked as answer by ncinsguy Monday, February 8, 2010 2:58 AM
    Monday, February 8, 2010 2:16 AM
  • the 2nd link is exactly what i need thanks.  some of my drives were connected via USB, if i change them to SATA on the new one do you think there will be any issue with WHS rebuilding the data?
    Monday, February 8, 2010 2:58 AM
  • I'm not sure on that one.  Windows Home Server uses the UUID of drives - this shouldn't change if you move them from USB enclosures to internal drives but I would er on the side of caution and migrate your hardware as it stands.  Then when you have everything up and running again remove each USB one at a time and add it back to the stroage pool as an internal drive.
    Monday, February 8, 2010 10:36 AM
  • thanks for the replies, i'm looking for another pc now.
    Monday, February 8, 2010 5:23 PM
  • update, i put my OS hdd into another system and it worked fine, i just need to install the driver for the NIC and USB.  I did get an activation message that my hardware had changed significantly and i need to activate within 3 days.  I'm gonna install the NIC driver tonight so i'll see what happens with activation then. 
    Wednesday, February 10, 2010 3:01 PM
  • ran into a problem last night, i think i installed the wrong video driver and now i can't see the monitor that it's hooked up to (just squiggly lines), i tried putting a pci video card in there but i got nothing with that one (i think that card it bad though) any ideas on how to get my screen visible again, it's an old crt monitor so i think it might be the refresh rate.  i'm gonna take a lcd monitor home with me today to see if i can get that to work.  any other ideas?
    Friday, February 12, 2010 3:22 PM
  • "... just squiggly lines ..." may indicate that your monitor has failed. what happens during boot-up? Does anything display during POST?
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Friday, February 12, 2010 3:37 PM
  • i can hear it turn on but i don't remember seeing any boot up screens.  1st thing that i see is what i think is the ctrl+alt+del screen you get on WHS, i do the command and put in my PW and i can hear the HDD going through it paces to start up.
    Friday, February 12, 2010 4:54 PM
  • Try another monitor, per your previous post; I'm pretty sure yours has failed.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Friday, February 12, 2010 4:57 PM
  • yea it was the monitor thanks, seems like everything is going to work fine on the new system, 7 drive already recognized.
    Saturday, February 13, 2010 8:14 PM
  • all worked out well, all drives recognized and all data intact.
    Monday, February 15, 2010 8:51 PM