Solved Recovering server 2003 data

July 2, 2013 at 08:07:52
Specs: Server 2003
I have a t110 server that won't boot. I tried repairing using the cd but this fails as the server just reboots.

Can I pull 1 of the mirrored hard drives and use a dongle to connect to an XP computer and recover the data?

Or should I pull both hard drives and put a fresh hard drive in and reinstall server 2003 and then connect an old drive to the server to recover the data?


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July 4, 2013 at 07:52:12
According to the Microsoft documention, XP does not support disk mirroring. This would explain why you are unable to see those disks on an XP machine.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...

I think your best bet would be to install Server 2003 on a spare computer - if you have one - and import the mirrored disk set.
R
http://blog.weaverling.org/2009/02/...

(or even just install another hard disk in your server, install 2003 on that, then import the mirrored disk set.)



#1
July 2, 2013 at 21:14:40
There are a few ways to recover data. One is a USB Hard Drive enclosure that gets connected to another PC. Another is to boot the machine with a Linux or Unix CD & mount the windows drive. You must know Linux commands for that.

Before all that, did you try F8, last known good config or safe mode w/ networking?

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July 3, 2013 at 08:55:02
So far, I've tried safe mode, last known good configuration, and reloading w2k3. Yesterday, I found that I have a suspected bad power supply. Part way through reloading w2k3 the server just shuts down and reboots.

I want to verify that wxp should be able to read these w2k3 drives. I've connected the drives using a dongle from an external enclosure but wxp can't see the partition. They show as invalid in disk management in wxp. I'm thinking that this happened because I tried to repair w2k3 but the process didn't complete because the power supply causes the server to reboot...

Please confirm that wxp should read data from these w2k3 drives...


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#3
July 3, 2013 at 11:23:03
There's no reason why XP shouldn't be able to read a disk from 2003 as far as I know. But I don't think that trying to repair the OS is likely to have damaged the disk.

On the other hand, I am fairly sure that you can't take a disk from a RAID controller (particularly if it's the Intel one built in to many PCs) and expect it to work on a machine without a RAID controller. Is the RAID controller in your server a separate card? If so, you could try installing it in the XP machine (and you'd need to install the appropriate driver).


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#4
July 3, 2013 at 16:28:57
I thought I just used w2k3 to mirror the drives. I dont believe a RAID controller or card is involved. I thought w2k3 used software to mirror drives...

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#5
July 3, 2013 at 23:46:15
Checking the specs, that server does have a RAID controller built in. But only you know whether you used the server's RAID or Windows software RAID.

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#6
July 4, 2013 at 06:17:40
Thanks ijack for checking the specs. I'm positive I didn't use the server's RAID and instead did use W2k3.

What I can't fathom is I have 4 2TB drives mirrored in pairs. I boot this server with the first 2 or the last 2 drives off. Everything works fine.

A few months pass with the server powered off. I have a daily use drive fail so I go to my server backup and neither mirrored pair boots. I am unable to repair w2k3 because the server reboots at different times during the repair (bad ps?).

And when I remove the drives and connect to my wxp machine I can't see any of the data because when the drives mount all 4 of the partitions are bad.

How does this happen at the same time? Am I misunderstanding w2k3 RAID mirroring? When I remove the drives one at a time from the server am I 'breaking the mirror' which keeps wxp from seeing the partitions?


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July 4, 2013 at 07:52:12
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According to the Microsoft documention, XP does not support disk mirroring. This would explain why you are unable to see those disks on an XP machine.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...

I think your best bet would be to install Server 2003 on a spare computer - if you have one - and import the mirrored disk set.
R
http://blog.weaverling.org/2009/02/...

(or even just install another hard disk in your server, install 2003 on that, then import the mirrored disk set.)


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#8
July 4, 2013 at 08:01:58
Thanks ijack. Yes, I am currently moving data off a spare drive so I can install w2k3 on another pc. If I still cant see my data then I'll have to use some sort of data recovery software.

Thanks again for your help...

I'll update this with the conclusion to this soap opera...


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#9
July 5, 2013 at 07:59:13
Looks like installing w2k3 on another hard drive/pc will allow me to recover my data.

Thanks for all the help...


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