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Server 2003 BSOD Blue Screen Crash Need to Move Shadow Copies To Different Drive

I have a 2003 Server with SP2 Domain Controller/File Server that has crashed after a power surge.  I need to get the data and shadow copies off the drive and onto an external USB drive to be able to restore from these shadow copies on a different server.  Is there a way to extract the hidden shadow copy config files into regular files? The file system seems to be intact, as I can boot and browse with no issue with a Boot CD.  My goal isn't at this point to have a functional domain controller, as we have another, but rather just to be able to browse and get these shadow copies running. I tried booting to safe mode, directory services restore mode, and it just goes to the blue screen each time.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Shadow copies are not recoverable on other systems.  Go to your backups (I hope you understood that shadow copies were not meant as the only backup solution you need.  They cannot protect you from disk failure and potentially are vulnerable to viruses and anything else that could fully damage the server.

You can recover your existing files if they are intact.

You also don't mention what the blue screen is... you do realize those numbers aren't necessarily random - they OFTEN (but not always) point to the cause of the error... what was the stop error you recieved?

Finally, we cannot help you use the boot CD you initially posted in your question since it contains inappropriately licensed software.  These days, all Windows Vista and later DVDs can boot to a command prompt and you can build Windows PE DVDs with your own diagnostic tools - I would recommend using them at this point.
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fireguy1125Author Commented:
The files I'm not worried about we have those on another server thanks to DFS.  We also have nightly backups. My issue is an employee was working with several files the day of the server crash, then somehow they were deleted or moved to another location, and we want to  be able to get the shadow copies of the folders that contained these files before they were deleted or moved.  

The server BSOD is 0x0000007B (0xF78A2A94, 0xC000000E,0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Sorry about the boot cd, wasn't aware, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

It would be nice to be able to restore this DC to working order so we can do a clean demote, but dont want to spend too much time effort on it,  since it was planned to be decommisioned anyway next week.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Shadow Copies do NOT save full files.  They only saved changed blocks - that's how it can keep multiple versions of an entire drive without filling up the disk space.  So you can't "SEE" the shadow copies.  There's an OS mapping that goes on to know what area of the disk the files were stored on and that particular block came from.  So transferring them to another system is just not possible.

As for the Stop Error - 7B is inaccessible boot device.  Basically means a driver/controller error.  Windows itself is mostly/most likely fine.  Were there any driver updates/changes?
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fireguy1125Author Commented:
Thanks on the Shadow copies info, good to know.

No updates/changes, just a power surge/outage, and of course the client didn't have it connected to a UPS, so who knows what kind of damage is caused.  

I have a nearly identical server, same model and specs, which is online and working fine, but plan on decomissioning it next week as well.  Would it be possible to just remove the drives from the server that is offline and plug them into the working server? They're setup the same with 3 raid sets, and drive sizes identical, or does the perc controller look for specific drive serial numbers?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
It should be possible because what happens when a part fails and needs to be replaced?  That said, boot to a boot disk and make a backup (consider disk2vhd if it can run in you boot environment)
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