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  • Question

  • Hello,

    I decided to have a go at Windows Home Server 2001, booted the PC with the disk. During installation, the setup warned it would wipe the HDD, no problem.

    I chose HD161GJ which is a 160GB Samsung HDD. All fine and dandy... Until I found out it had installed itself into HD753LJ which is a 750Gb Samsung HDD where I had Windows 7 Enterprise installed, where all my important company files and projects were. What's did I do wrong? To make sure I hadn't chosen the wrong disk by mistake, I formated both HDDs and started over, being now 100% sure the 160GB disk was selected during install and... It installed itself into the 750Gb HDD AGAIN!

    I lost lots and lots of important stuff on that HDD, any way to restore them? Any kind of help would be highly appreciated.

    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 7:53 PM

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  • Hello,

    I decided to have a go at Windows Home Server 2001, booted the PC with the disk. During installation, the setup warned it would wipe the HDD, no problem.

    I chose HD161GJ which is a 160GB Samsung HDD. All fine and dandy... Until I found out it had installed itself into HD753LJ which is a 750Gb Samsung HDD where I had Windows 7 Enterprise installed, where all my important company files and projects were. What's did I do wrong? To make sure I hadn't chosen the wrong disk by mistake, I formated both HDDs and started over, being now 100% sure the 160GB disk was selected during install and... It installed itself into the 750Gb HDD AGAIN!

    I lost lots and lots of important stuff on that HDD, any way to restore them? Any kind of help would be highly appreciated.

    The thing you can do to avoid this kind of behaviour, is to unplug every HDD except the one you want available for installation.

    One WHS v1 machine in the basement with a mixed setup of harddrives in and outside the storage pool.
    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:00 PM
  • Any tip on how to try and recover at least some of my files? If I knew such a trivial thing would happen, I'd have unplugged the HDDs before installing.
    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:03 PM
  • Any tip on how to try and recover at least some of my files? If I knew such a trivial thing would happen, I'd have unplugged the HDDs before installing.


    Unless you have backups, you could try some kind of Recovery program.

    I don't have an updated list of what is the "best", so anyone else have recommendations?

     

    There are usually try-before-you-buy variants:

    http://www.pctools.com/file-recover/
    http://www.file-recovery.net/
    http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
    http://www.diskdoctors.net/instant-file-recovery/software.html


    One WHS v1 machine in the basement with a mixed setup of harddrives in and outside the storage pool.
    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 8:51 PM
  • What's did I do wrong? To make sure I hadn't chosen the wrong disk by mistake, I formated both HDDs and started over, being now 100% sure the 160GB disk was selected during install and... It installed itself into the 750Gb HDD AGAIN!

    What you did wrong was in not reading the dialog and expecting that
    you could select one of the drives manually.

    The dialog said that the primary hard drive would be formatted and
    you'd lose everything on that drive, and I'm willing to bet, the
    primary hard drive was marked as the 750G drive which was the first
    one in the list.

    I lost lots and lots of important stuff on that HDD, any way to restore them? Any kind of help would be highly appreciated.

    Not much of a chance, but one of the hard drive data restoration
    programs might work in getting something back.

    No backup?  Always have a backup when messing with OS installs on a
    PC.


    Bob Comer - Microsoft MVP Virtual Machine
    Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:00 PM