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  • I had two drives fail in my HP DL380 running Microsoft SBS 2008 R2.  I replaced the drives and reloaded Windows 2008 disk 1.  I've been backing up the server daily to an external hard drive however, when I booted from the first disk from SBS 2008 and went to "repair" and then chose to restore, the backup system could not find any of my restore points. 

    Someone on the SBS forum recommended downloading a tool “MiniTool Power Data Recovery 6.8” which allowed me to see my backup files.  I was given an option to recover the files to another drive which I did.  Now I have a group of files about 2GB each under WindowsImageBackup directory labeled like:

    Windows backup doesn't seem to recognize these files when I attempt to get the restore application to find them.  It was recommended that I rename one of the files “Backup.vsd” and place it on a standard NTFS or FAT partition in a subdirectory “<drive>:\WindowsImageBackup\<server name>\” which I did however Windows 2008 backup does not see the file.

    I'm sure that each of these files is a backup file due to the date and time stamp as well as the size of the file however Microsoft is being very mysterious as to the file structure of the drive.  Disk Manager states that it is a NTFS partition however you have to mount it to view it.  When I mount the drive, I see no files however the space is missing so I know the files are there.  Is there a tool that would “undelete” the files on a backup partition?


    Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:55 AM


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