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Hello,

We have a server running on Server 2003. Last week this server is down (hardware issue) and we don't have any plan to keep this server (even the OS.) We have taken the HDD from server. We need to host the website elsewhere. How can I recover the Website hosted in IIS?

We only need website content. Can I buy any HDD enclosure to connect to any computer through USB? The HDD is: SATA 3GB/S 7200 RPM

Thanks.
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Question by:SrinathS
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by:mattibutt
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it depends the way your drive was connected if it was a standard hdd then yes you can do that however if it was using any raid technology then it can only be accessible by that specific raid card
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Yes, you can connect it even as internal slave drive to any working PC with free SATA port. So no need to buy USB caddy. If the HDD was on server as standalone HDD (not taking part in any RAID configuration) then this will work as you want.
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by:danielmarko
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It depends on the hardware issue that crashed your server. If the problem was Hard Drive related you might have to use a hard drive repair utility or a hard drive repair service.
A hard drive repair utility would be like OntrackDataRecovery or if you prefer or thehard drive is really bad space send the drive to them.

If the hard drive is fine either connect the drive as seocnd hard drive to any other system and copy any file you want off of it or make an imgae of the hard drive and run the image as a VM on another computer.

Dan
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by:Dk_guru
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following mattibutt's suggestion, if normal connection
you could even connect the drive to another system as a secondary and then access the data.

Depending on the website and how extravagant it was you can usually find the files under c:\<something...>\inetsrv\

more reading....
http://mvolo.com/blogs/serverside/archive/2007/07/21/Anatomy-of-an-IIS7-configuration-path.aspx
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by:SrinathS
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We used these HDD as RAID1
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by:noxcho
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>>We used these HDD as RAID1<< Then you can connect it and get data off it.
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RAID 1's are two identical drives with no special formatting to them, unlike striped 0's and paritied 5 and 6's. You can put either of the RAID 1 HD's into an external enclosure or into another system as a slave and get the data off.
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by:SrinathS
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Finally I'm able to recover the data.
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