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Can a virus cause this??

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We have had a server failure today.  

NEC configured with SBS and a Hardware Mirror.

System failed to boot and would only boot form network or CD.  took the drives out ot see if we could access data from another machine. The Drives are blank.

Any ideas waht could have caused this, POssible Virus??
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What's your operating system?  What's the file system on the disks?
Did you import the disks?
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Thanks for your prompt response. The OS is SBS2003 the file system is NTFS. The drives were put into an XP computer as a secondary drive and we could see nothing.
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But did you import the volume(s)?
Start->Run->Diskmgmt.msc
Right-click the disk to import it
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We are not sure as the server was setup over 2 years ago.  What difference would it make either way?
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If the 2003 disk is dynamic, it will need to be imported, as the OS will recognize it as foreign media and it will not be usable until you import it...
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We put the disk in a windows xp machine and this was initialised in Disk Management. The disk appeared unformatted as if brand new.  No option to import was displayed
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That would have been a very old-school virus. Virusses now are usually not used to do harm, but to take over your machine. Wiping it would be useless, and also harms the spreading of a virus. So I guess that chances are low on a 2003 server.
Could be a hardware (RAID controller?) failure or a software problem.
Hope you have a working and recent backup.

J.
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Thanks for help.
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Er, have you confirmed that the data is wiped out, or are you just giving up?
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Still looking into to it.  reinstalled os on one drive and ran chck disk, this threw up some bad sectors. so replaced drives.  Gonna put a drive in a machine again to double check data
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I don't understand why you selected PowerIT's comment as a solution, then?
I'm not convinced by what you've stated that it is/was a virus.  I'm not saying it couldn't be, but with your last post, it seems to be hardware-related...
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Power IT response does not say it is a virus, it says it is more likely to be a hardware or software failure.  Just wanted to know if any one knew of a virus that could have done this.  Power IT has answered the question in a round about way.

We have to live with the fact that the data has gone and are going through the process of reinstalling the server with new hard drives
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Fair enough...sorry to trouble you... : \
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