Issues when moving a drive between servers

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 12 Nov. 2008 / Last Updated on 29 Aug. 2008]

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 both use NTFS version 5.1. Does this mean that a disk that's used in one platform could be moved to the other and "just work"?

Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 both use NTFS version 5.1. Does this mean that a disk that's used in one platform could be moved to the other and "just work"?

The answer is "Yes, except…"

Specifically, if a disk is formatted on Windows Server 2003, you can mount it on Windows Server 2008 and use it without any issues. And if a disk is formatted on Windows Server 2008, you can mount it on Windows Server 2003 and use it without any issues.

But if you have a disk mounted on a Windows Server 2008 system and the system crashes, leaving the disk in a dirty state, and you then mount that disk on a Windows Server 2003 system, transactional consistency will be lost since Windows Server 2008 NTFS supports TxF while Windows Server 2008 NTFS doesn't. And if you had volume snapshots on the disk, they may lose their consistency and be unavailable once you mount the disk on the downlevel system.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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