Recover data from Dynamic Disk

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February 7, 2010 at 04:43:15
Specs: Server 2K3

I am looking to recover data from dynamic
disks that were using a RAID config. On the
server, the OS was installed on 2 striped
73GB SCSI disks, and the data was stored on
a software striped 2 x 160GB SATA disks.

The AD and general config of the OS screwed
up and we cant get access to the OS on the
server (ie. it wont boot). I removed the data
disks (noting exactly which ports they were
plugged into etc) and put them on a fresh
machine using XP pro SP2.

The disks in question are showing up as
dynamic/foreign under disk management. If I
try to import these foreign disks, according to
MS all data will be lost. I need the data off
these disk as its a whole companies files!
They have no viable backups available, and all
info is stored on these disks.

Has anyone any advice please? I have to
completely rebuild this server today, but am
reluctant to format the SCSI disks until I can
get the data. Thanks in advance.


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February 7, 2010 at 08:37:40
See if you can use recovery software to restore the data. NTFS recovery has helped me before.

The MS doco only says about converting dynamic to basic disks on XP Home will wipe the data. Its been awhile since I've had to do an import disk but I didn't think it wiped the data. Don't quote me though..

Is this the only DC in your AD?

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February 7, 2010 at 14:43:32
I'd start with a live cd. Make a barts from windows 2003 or try linux cd's to see if it reads dynamic disks.

Also a lot of tools out there. http://www./data-recovery...

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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