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how do I extract one file from an unmountable WHS backup? RRS feed

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  • WHS ver 1, all patches and updates. Also attached NAS box with 4x2TB drives.

    Recent failure of power source in NAS has led to a myriad of problems, including message 'backup database has errors' .  The simple fixes for backup error do not work, so I will have to dump the entire backup database it seems. I may have to wipe box clean.

    I would like to restore a PST file for my desktop first, but every time I try to mount a backup it fails. I can mount backups for other clients.

    So my question - is there a utility that will allow me to extract a file from a backup w/o mounting the backup?

    Gene

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    Saturday, October 19, 2013 8:37 PM

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  • Try the FAQ section, starting here:

    http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/cf354b5d-b37b-4b7f-a0d5-8e573697777f/how-to-recover-data-after-server-failure?forum=whsfaq


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:31 AM
  • ... is there a utility that will allow me to extract a file from a backup w/o mounting the backup?

    In a word, no. A user reverse engineered the backup database format to an extent several years ago, but as far as I know no tool was ever realeased to read the backup database outside of the Windows Home Server client backup tool.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 5:23 PM
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  • Thanks Ken, that's what I recalled, but not having been on the forum in a few years I hoped something had changed.

    Guess it's time to nuke and reinstall.

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    Sunday, October 20, 2013 6:55 PM