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Restoring the database RRS feed

  • Question

  • A current configuration is single drive, 1TB, both WHS (C:) and data (D:) on that single drive, the WHS install is corrupt.

    You add in an 80GB drive, and do a new installation of WHS WITHOUT the 1TB drive connected.

    You'd like to continue to use the existing backup DB which is not corrupt.  There are no files in the shares (other than what WHS puts there).

    Can the DB be restored?  (OK to copy the DB off the 1TB, format the 1TB and add it into the storage pool, etc).

    Thanks in advance.

    ( I've searched on here for this answer and apologize if it's already been answered ).

     

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:35 PM

Answers

  • Hi Alex,
    if the data is really complete and none was on the D: drive, you can copy the files from the (hidden) folder DE\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4}.
    If the old WHS still is running, you could also logon to your server, enter the commands
    net stop pdl
    net stop whsbackup

    and copy the files off from D:\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4}.
    (That way you would also get the files, which may still be located on drive D:, if there are any.)

    To recover the backup, install WHS, apply all updates (or may be only the updates before KB957825) and after that login as administrator to the WHS desktop, run again
    net stop pdl
    net stop whsbackup

    and copy the files back to D:\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4} (which is one of the rare cases, in which you write directly to the file system).
    After completing this reboot the server.
    Download LZReallocator and trigger a reallocation of data from drive D: (which only works before the mentioned upgrade).
    Apply the latest updates and test the functionality of the backups by opening them and restoring some files.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    • Proposed as answer by kariya21Moderator Wednesday, February 11, 2009 2:44 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Barimo Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:45 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Alex Barimo Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:52 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Barimo Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:52 AM
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:57 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Alex,
    if the data is really complete and none was on the D: drive, you can copy the files from the (hidden) folder DE\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4}.
    If the old WHS still is running, you could also logon to your server, enter the commands
    net stop pdl
    net stop whsbackup

    and copy the files off from D:\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4}.
    (That way you would also get the files, which may still be located on drive D:, if there are any.)

    To recover the backup, install WHS, apply all updates (or may be only the updates before KB957825) and after that login as administrator to the WHS desktop, run again
    net stop pdl
    net stop whsbackup

    and copy the files back to D:\folders\{00008086-058D-4C89-AB57-A7F909A47AB4} (which is one of the rare cases, in which you write directly to the file system).
    After completing this reboot the server.
    Download LZReallocator and trigger a reallocation of data from drive D: (which only works before the mentioned upgrade).
    Apply the latest updates and test the functionality of the backups by opening them and restoring some files.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    • Proposed as answer by kariya21Moderator Wednesday, February 11, 2009 2:44 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Barimo Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:45 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by Alex Barimo Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:52 AM
    • Marked as answer by Alex Barimo Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:52 AM
    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:57 PM
    Moderator
  • Olaf greatly appreciate it.  A huge help, and I'll try it and let you know if it doesn't work.

    Thanks so much.
    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:45 AM