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Recover Exchange after Crash

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One of my customers who is running SBS 2003 Server recently crashed after trying to install a Service Pack which aborted.
The system would not boot. The OS was using drive C:

I installed a parallel copy on their drive G:

As they only have about 5 users and only had a few programs on the server, I just entered everything in manually and reinstalled the programs.

The biggest problem is that I can't get to the exchange server data that was residing on the C: drive.

They all had OST files on their respective PC so we have a local copy of their exisitng emails.

How can I move the data from the exchangsrv folders on the C: drive to the G: drive and get it to resync

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 2000 total points
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You can't just install a parallel OS on a drive partition because the Master File Table will still reside on the C:.  This is NOT a way to restore a server.

You need to follow the correct methodology as described in this document:  http://sbsurl.com/backup

If, at this point, you only have data files and Exchange Stores, you should flatten the server (reformat) and reinstall completely.  You can restore the Exchange databases by following this KB article then after completely installing your SBS and all of it's components:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/313184

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