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Sharepoint 2007 Full Backup restore with missing data?

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After several days of issues with my restore I was able to complete it successfully. The person who I was restoring the site for, has now said that data is missing.  The site is there totally with all of the subsites, dashboards etc.  But he was looking for 16 documents that apparently were there and they are not.

Is it possible that data was lost?  I did a full backup, comes up as a full backup when I select it.  Also restored using the might stsadm cmd.  Does not explain his lost data.  If that is the case, I am beginning to think that someone downloaded his documents after the project and did not tell anybody.  Trying to decided if I should continue this search or is the system being blamed for human err?

Thanks, Rhonda
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by:Justin Smith
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I've never had a case where data that was definitely in the backup, was lost during restore.  I'm not saying it couldn't happen, but I've never seen it.

Is that the reason you restored in the first place, to recover his missing docs?  And then on the restore, they weren't there either?
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by:Justin Smith
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I guess I should also ask how you did the restore exactly, and how you made the backup.
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by:hayesie
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I did a full backup on the farm using Central Admin. Restored the same way. Recreated stand alone server as suggested by Microsoft. Then did the restore, both ways. Thr CA and using stsadm. They are saying docs are missing and even some dashboard links on one site. It seems unlikely to me that some docs are at the location but others are not. Same library same view. That is why I think someone....deleted or downloaded them unknown to this person.
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Justin Smith earned 2000 total points
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Ok.  It's highly unlikely that some documents that were included in the backup failed to restore.  Again, not saying it's impossible however.

Did you check the recycle bin and site collection recycle bin on the original farm?
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by:hayesie
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I could not as at the end of every exercise (military) we re-do the servers. Users have 4 mos to remove their docs. I did check the recycle bin once restored and nothing.
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by:hayesie
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I believe that you are correct in saying that it it highly unlikely.  I have found another, much larger backup on our archives.  So that would prove that someone has been in there moving data and the user who has requested restore is unaware of it.  Thanks for confirming though, needed an experienced user to back up my theory.  I am anxiously waiting for a 69 hour SP 2010 course to arrive.  Have been working with WSS 3.0 and 2007, without training.  And this time around it shows.  Thanks again.
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