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I am an idiot! v1 failure with lost photographs!


Keith-UK
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I have been running a Mediaserver v1 machine for years and with very little problem. I have stored all my photographs in a shared folder with an irregular backup taken on a portable hard drive as insurance.

 

A couple of days I went out for a while and upon return found that the ups had been activated and the server and router had been closed down. When I tried to restart I found that the fuse in the ups plug had blown, Once replaced it was possible to restart the ups on mains and the router but not the server. After the predicable panic. I found that the machine was dead and would not restart. I tried the paperclip in the reset hole at the front to no effect.

 

Of course I am facing a degree of wifely disapproval as a few recent photos were not backed up. I have tried removing the hard drives and putting them in a usb holder. I can see the photos on one of the drives but am unable to copy them off.

 

Is there a way to recover the photos that are not backed up?

 

Is there any likely hardware failure that I can look to for possible repair or do I just give it up and start again. At this stage I am likely to use v1 for any rebuild as I am not convinced about the later versions.

 

I would, of course be most grateful for any help or advice that can be offered.

 

Keith

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This has a good step by step http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/whsfaq/thread/cf354b5d-b37b-4b7f-a0d5-8e573697777f

 

essentially -- these were the exact same steps I did when my V1 died in 2011 and I got all my data off (I had folder duplication turned on for everything) and didn't have to go digging in my off-site backups --

 

To do this:

 

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  • Attach the disks one by one to a Windows PC either via internal ports or using an adaptor cable USB to SATA/IDE. This PC can be one of the clients, or a fresh installed Windows Home Server. Do not add this disk to the storage pool, before you have copied all data to the server share or external storage. The already configured storage pool devices must offer enough free space to handle the data from the disk besides old client backups (which will be lost in such a recovery scenario).
  • In Control Panel of that PC open Folder Options.
  • On the View tab select Show hidden files and folders.
  • Click OK.
  • In Windows Explorer look for the DATA volume on the former Windows Home Server disk (including the D: drive of the former primary disk), which will usually have gotten a drive letter in the system. After opening this volume in Explorer you should see the hidden folder DE. (Be aware, that in configurations with multiple disks in the server this folder may not exist on each disk or be empty.)
  • Within the folder DE you should find a subfolder shares.
  • This contains parts or all (or none) of the data in the former shared folders or duplicates of this data (if Folder Duplication was selected).
  • Copy this data either to the new server installation by accessing the server shares through the desktop shortcut Shared Folders on server or to another storage location. Do never target the file system of drives belonging to Windows Home Server directly (i.e. d:\shares)!
  • Repeat this for each DATA disk.

 

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^^ What he said.

Haha, Joe Miner would have beat me to the punch, but he went the professional route which takes more time :P Good to know I was still right.

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You guys are terrific, so quick!

 

Thanks for all the details, I shall be following all the advice

 

Thanks again guys.

 

Keith

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Ikon

 

Yes, I shall. These fora are as good as they are because you guys care like that about the effectiveness of the advice you offer.

 

I am grateful

 

Keith

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