We had a serious crash of our Windows 2003 Server running an exchange server which resulted in a new installation from scratch. The system is up and running again. Luckily, a backup of the exchange database was done a day before the crash (with Windows Backup).
Unfortunately I am not able to restore the backup again. I have tried virtually all solutions and instructions I have found at EE, Microsoft or elsewhere on the Internet. I tried to restore with a Recovery Storage Group (RSG). I got stuck when actually restoring from the backup with an error. Nevertheless, there seems to be all data in the RSG but I am not able to mount the SG no matter what I do. I allso tried all repair, defrag /cc etc. but nothing helped.
Maybe I need to mention that the original data base was stored on a J: drive while the new one now resides on C:. I have come across some postings where it was mentioned that this might be potential for problems. Besides the drive letter all other names etc. are exactly the same, including the same hardware.
Nevertheless, for what reasons ever I cannot move the database back to a J: drive.
I also tried some some demos of the commercial utilities to recover OST files (which I recovered from all users) or old database files but I cannot afford paying Hundreds of bucks for them (demo seemed to work successfully).
Any ideas please? I am in trouble right now. Btw, the old Exchange database is about 1.5G...