Dead Server...Data Recovery options
Posted on 2013-05-23
My church has 1 central server. It is an old IBM server running Windows 2003 R2 and was not being backed up. Last Friday there was a power outage and now the server will not boot all the way up. It gets past the "Loading Network locations", then goes to a blank gray background and sits there. The cursor is still movable, but CTRL/ALT/DEL does nothing. If you insert a CDROM, you get the CDROM icon on your prompt so it would seem the system sees the CDROM. Even though I've changed the boot order to CDROM first, it skips right over it and goes straight to the RAID. I've tried booting to a several type boot/recovery disks, but it will not recognize the CDROM. I've also brought a known good CDROM in in case it was the actual drive.
There is a RAID 5 across 3 disks that presumably still contains all their financial data.
Can anyone suggest some other methods to accessing the data on this RAID 5 partition to pull their data off?
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.