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Recover Files or Server from over-written drive

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Hi,

I recently imaged a server running SBS 2008 and then installed Vmware esxi (onto a USB drive plugged into the server) and created a datastore using the internet hard drive.

After reviewing my image I have found there were some directories not backed up due to permissions issues.

I have not installed anything onto the Vmware datastore yet

How would I go about recovering my files from my SBS 2008, are there any tools (free is best =) to view the old files on the hard drive and restore?

Thanks in advance!
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Question by:btny
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1000 total points
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its likely the partition has been destroyed, and all your files are gone.

if the internal hard drive contained the NTFS partition, its been destroyed and replaced with a VMFS partition.

Only a data recovery company Kroll Ontrack will be able to help you.
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by:IanTh
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no if you have installed a datastore on the same drive
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It can be expensive to recover

http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/
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by:Larry Struckmeyer MVP
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You can/should contact or try the free download of Get Data Back.  Never tried it under the cirumstances you describe, but it has saved my more than once.  Free to see, pay to save.  Do not install it on the partition you want to examine, and you will need a different location so save what it finds, if anything.
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TestDisk is also good, unfortunately none worked
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