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  • Hey Everyone,

    My Windows Home Server was built because I wanted to do the best job possible protecting my data.

    The server is protected by a UPS, and I use many drives with all folders set for redundancy.

    Recently however I got an error saying my backup database was corrupted, in order to repair it WHS deleted all my backups, annoying, but not the end of the world.

    Today however all my folders are showing (unhealthy) nearly every folder is filled with file conflicts that have the error "a device attached to the system is not functioning" even though all the drives show healthy!

    I'm also faced with another issue, the server won't let me copy my files out.

    Here are screenshots of all the above issues, can anyone help me figure out how to fix the server and get my data out! I'm in panic mode right now.

    I haven't found an effective way to backup 5TB offsite, so i'm really SOL for 90% of it if I can't fix this.

    My thanks goes out to anyone who can offer suggestions.

     

    Shared Folder List

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs1.png

     

    List of Drives (All Healthy) (One Unknown?)

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs2.png

     

    Details on File Conflict

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs3.png

     

    What Happens When I Try To Copy Off The Server

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs4.png

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:47 AM

Answers

  • Save this as chkdskall.cmd on the desktop of the whs.

    net stop pdl
    net stop whsbackup
    chkdsk D: /x /r 
    chkdsk C: /x /r
    for /d %%1 in (C:\fs\*) do start chkdsk /x /r %%1

    You need to remote in to the desktop of the whs to set this up.

    Next, double click the icon and it will tell you that it can't run now, but will upon re-boot.

    Re-boot and it will do its thing.

    • Marked as answer by Justin Kerr Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:09 PM
    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:25 PM

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  • Hey Everyone,

    My Windows Home Server was built because I wanted to do the best job possible protecting my data.

    The server is protected by a UPS, and I use many drives with all folders set for redundancy.

    Recently however I got an error saying my backup database was corrupted, in order to repair it WHS deleted all my backups, annoying, but not the end of the world.

    Today however all my folders are showing (unhealthy) nearly every folder is filled with file conflicts that have the error "a device attached to the system is not functioning" even though all the drives show healthy!

    I'm also faced with another issue, the server won't let me copy my files out.

    Here are screenshots of all the above issues, can anyone help me figure out how to fix the server and get my data out! I'm in panic mode right now.

    I haven't found an effective way to backup 5TB offsite, so i'm really SOL for 90% of it if I can't fix this.

    My thanks goes out to anyone who can offer suggestions.

     

    Shared Folder List

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs1.png

     

    List of Drives (All Healthy) (One Unknown?)

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs2.png

     

    Details on File Conflict

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs3.png

     

    What Happens When I Try To Copy Off The Server

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs4.png


    You might start by running chkdsk /r on each drive in the server.
    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:18 AM
    Moderator
  • I'm familiar with running ckdsk from my dos days.

    But how do I do this on a WHS when the drive letters aren't mapped to the OS Nativity? (remote desktop)

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 1:03 PM
  • Save this as chkdskall.cmd on the desktop of the whs.

    net stop pdl
    net stop whsbackup
    chkdsk D: /x /r 
    chkdsk C: /x /r
    for /d %%1 in (C:\fs\*) do start chkdsk /x /r %%1

    You need to remote in to the desktop of the whs to set this up.

    Next, double click the icon and it will tell you that it can't run now, but will upon re-boot.

    Re-boot and it will do its thing.

    • Marked as answer by Justin Kerr Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:09 PM
    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:25 PM
  • I'm trying it now, taking a very long time.

    I really hope this works, I keep getting the error now that the Driver Extender Service is not running.

    Perhaps this has something to do with the version issues.

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:22 PM
  • You may check also the event log on the server for ntfs/disk errors.
    Maybe a disk is failing and therefore causing your data losses. Often removing the failing disk via console fixes the conflicts although silent corruption caused by a slowly failing disk may cause issues, since in such cases the system cannot know, which version of a file is the non corrupted.

    Btw. redundancy alone is not a replacement for backup (to external disks via console). It does not protect against a user deleting the wrong files, the server blowing up due to catastrophic events in your home, theft etc.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:42 AM
    Moderator
  • I keep "irreplaceable" data backed up offsite, but I have several TB of media for example that it wouldn't kill me to lose, but would take me weeks to rebuild.

    The CHKDSK has cured all but a couple folders, so i'm thinking of just nuking the install and starting over since i've slowly been able to pull the data off. 

    I did a quick Google search and all I found was a broken link to a plugin. 

    http://social.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/whsdevelopers/thread/b9e02dea-5095-44ec-8514-6e9c38ae9f65/

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010 11:58 AM
  • To view the event log on the server the easiest way is to open a Remote Desktop session as Administrator and open Event Viewer in Control Panel/Administrative Tools on the server.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:54 PM
    Moderator
  • Okay I've gotten 99% of the data off by pulling the disks one at a time, and have repaired all but one folder.

    Since I have this data backed up anyway, I wanted to simply delete the folder to get rid of the problem.

    Unfortunatly however the WHS claims that the files are "in use" elsewhere, even though I have restarted the server, and issolated only one client machine on the network to try and get rid of it.

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/3085688/whs5.png

     

     

    The folder is actually visibly missing, and clicking open in the console brings up a missing error.

    Very odd.

     

     

    Thursday, August 12, 2010 7:53 PM
  • You could try to remove the folder in the registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\Storage Manager\Shares and manually delete all appearances of the folder under DE\shares on each of the DATA volumes.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Thursday, August 12, 2010 8:45 PM
    Moderator
  • That did the trick for the folder, but caused more folders to go "unhealthy".

    I think this WHS is done for, not going to risk using it again.

    Thanks to your help I was able to get 99% of the data off, semi-happy ending anyway.

     

    Its too bad, I thought WHS would be a fool proof way to preserve my data, guess I should have bought a Drobo instead.

    Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:07 PM