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Exchange 2000 total raid crash with no backup

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 Urgent  HELP!!  I have an exchange 2000 server that totally crashed with no backups.  How can I restore so the outlook clients connect and the data on the outlook will update the new server?  Is it possible?   I have rebuilt the computer and am getting ready
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zelron22 earned 500 total points
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If you were dumping their mail to PST files, then you could use Exmerge which should be on the install media, if not in the bin folder on your exchange server.

If your outlook clients were using Exchange Cached Mode, then they should have OST files that you can convert to PST, and then use exmerge.  http://www.convertost.com/

If mail was stored on the server, and users were not using exchange cached mode or had offline access to email (earlier versions of Outlook) then there won't be a PST or an OST and the mail is gone.

I feel for you, been there, done that.
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That should read "or did NOT have offline access to email".
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Thanks,  I will have to look at all the machines and see if there are any in cached mode.  
Got any Rolaids?
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Do you Still have the .mdb file of the (KIA) exchange server?
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No all is gone.  
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Ouch...
Have you tried to connect only 1 (try all of them) drive of the RAID in slave and see if you can get some data back?
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by:dautech
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If you can't get back an .mdb file...
Your only solution is to HOPE that every client have checked "the cached mode"
Then all you can do is to convert .ost in .pst (like Zelron22 said) and import it manually when your new server will be up and running.
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You could try something like this.  http://www.runtime.org/raid.htm  Google search for RAID data recovery brings up more.  But whether you'd get a usable database...maybe.
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The raid array is gone.  I have had to reinstall the OS, and exchange.  I am currently in that process.  Thanks for all of your suggestions.
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Thanks,  I will be looking at all the clients to see if any of them have cached mode setup.  I know a few do but which ones is the problem.
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