Access denies in repair console

Pmagistra
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Hi there, here's the situation.

Got a crashed server raid 1 and 5. I enter the 2003 repair console with the administrator password. I can see the C: drive is more or less gone. The raid 5 d: drive looks ok. I can get into de root with d:\ prompt.

However, when I try to enter any folder I get " Access is denied" . Also when I try to change attributes is says " access denied" . MD (make directory) also access denied.

Does anybody knows how to get rid of this restriction?
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You'd have to set the "allowallpaths" variable to allow this, but this is only possible if you had explicitly allowed this with a policy setting while the machine was still alive. If you didn't enable the policy before, you can't change it in the recovery console, sorry.
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console for advanced users
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058
"Restrictions and limitations of the Recovery Console
When you use the Windows Recovery Console, you can use only the following items:
* The root folder
* The %SystemRoot% folder and the subfolders of the Windows installation that you are currently logged on to
* The Cmdcons folder
* The removable media drives such as the CD drive or the DVD drive
Note If you try to access other folders, you may receive an "Access Denied" error message. This does not necessarily mean that data that is contained in those folders is lost or corrupted. It only means that the folder is unavailable while you are running the Windows Recovery Console. Also, when you are using the Windows Recovery Console, you cannot copy a file from the local hard disk to a floppy disk. However, you can copy a file from a floppy disk or from a CD-ROM to a hard disk, and you can copy a file from one hard disk to another hard disk."

Further details are here:
Description of the SET Command in Recovery Console
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/235364/

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OK, I will try the set command, but I did not explicity turned it on, so probably I am stuck there.
You seem to have some knowledge. What do you advise to get access to al folders and get the data of this nasty server in my hands on an external disk? Bootable rescue media?
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Either that or a reinstall with new system disks, leaving the D: drive alone.

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huh

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