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Need HELP with Exchange 2003 Restore!!

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2003 sp2 Exchange Server Enterprise
2003 sp1 Server Enterprise
C: drive is 100GB Logical Drive over x4 36GB drives in a RAID 5 set
D: drive is 280GB Logical Drive over x5 70GB drives in a RAID 5 set
Domain Controller

Last night I upgraded our 2003 sp1 Exchange to sp2 + any O/S hot fixes and DST fix.  No problem with the upgrade or hot fix, but @ about 200 a.m. I lost two of the five drives in the RAID 5 set  (drive D) that had the exchange install.   I’m currently replacing the hardware & bringing up the drives & going to recreate the D: drive.  (server is bootable)

I have a full online backup (Veritas) of Exchange taken @ about 1700 last night.  I also have an offline backup from about 2000.  (I stopped all exchange servers & copied the exchange folder over to a SANs)  But.. both backups for are with 2003 sp1 Exchange, not sp2.  My sp2 full backup died when the drives went down.

Currently I have all exchange services stopped on the box.  What is my best method of restore?

Should I copy the files back & then do an update /dr for sp2.
Then try to mount the DS/IS?

Reinstall with /dr option & restore from SAN’s & then update with /dr?

I truly appreciate any help.

Thanks – James

Also – I was convinced this was a backplane issue with the RAID controller, just ruled that out.  Bad luck with two drives failing.
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