installing an additional hard drive, put a small piece of tape on the side of
it, marking it's size and position, i.e. "80g D:\" that way if you need to
replace it you won't have to guess which drive it is
- If replacing a CD drive, pull out the 4
pin power connector before un-mounting the screws. it will give you leverage
if the plug is tight.
- Whenever you are upgrading or changing
hardware, always boot up the computer and test the new hardware before you
screw down the cover. You never know when you'll have to go back in.
Upgrade the Hardware on a Windows 2k
Recently I upgraded my old
PII300 running Windows 2000 Advanced Server to
a P4 2.0Ghz. Unlike the old days of Windows
98, you cannot just pull out the c drive and put it into new hardware. Depending
on how old the old computer is/was it may not boot. The following is the method
used to do this, it worked out great and I have a server that's actually useful
On the original server, shut down running
applications and services, www service, ftp, default website, etc. and also the
DNS and WINS services. Clean out all unnecessary files off the drive, any loose
files you can put on a CD, do it. Clean out the temporary internet files too.
Run the backup program and backup the c:\ drive & the system state to the d:\
drive, assuming your d:\ drive will move to the new computer.
Install all the hardware in the new
computer, including the d:\ drive you put the backup on. Make sure you have the
same configuration of drives as on the old comp, i.e., 2 hard drives, 2 CD
drives. You can always change it when you're done restoring.
Install Win2k server on the new computer
and also any service packs that were on the old comp. You'll have to get the
network going if your backup is on a network drive. Don't bother installing
video drivers and minor stuff. Once the install is finished, reboot the computer
and press F8 to enter the troubleshooting mode. From there, pick directory
restore safe mode. Once it's booted up in safe mode, run the backup program.
Choose to make a catalog and navigate to the backup file you made on the old
comp. Make sure the restore settings are set on overwrite all files. Run the
restore. This might take a long time depending on how big the backup file was,
go have lunch if it's a big one.
Once it's complete, reboot the computer.
this time be sure to have your new hardware drivers on hand. all your apps and
settings will be the same as the old server, just your hardware will be new
Never work on your computer late at night,
because if you mess it up, you'll never get any rest until you fix it!