I just installed Win Server 2008 and realized I need a file from the disk before I loaded WIN server 2008

Posted on 2014-07-10
Last Modified: 2014-07-16
Can anyone recommend a utility to recover a files from a fresh installed WIN server 2008.  The server had WIN Server 2003 sp2, I installed the new OS and have now realized I needed to save a database that was on the old server.   OOOOOOOPS, can anyone help or recommend a solution?
Question by:Scott Johnston
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    Why don't you just restore the file from your backups?

    If something is wrong with the backups, stop doing anything on the server. Add a single HD and install some Windows OS to it (can be a desktop OS like Windows 7). Make sure you also install the RAID controller's drivers. Then install getdataback and scan your RAID arrays using it. If it finds your file(s), register it so you can copy the data off.

    If you keep on running the server, and install more software to it, you reduce the chances of recovering any data as it could already have been overwritten with new files, that's the reason to use another OS installed to another disk that wasn't used in that server before. The chances are already rather slim, as Windows 2008 takes up far more space than Windows 2003 used, so the area that was used by your data could already be used by new files.

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    by:Scott Johnston
    I am trying to find a old backup, its been 1 year since I used the Database and I decommissioned the server 3 months ago.  I just loaded the new OS on the server last week so not much has been added.  I done nothing except MS updates on the server, it used to have c and d partition the data was on the old D partition now their only 1 partition
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    The OS writes to the disk constantly. You still need to stop using that. And as I mentioned above, as the new Windows requires much more space it is very likely your data has been overwritten already anyway. So either way the chance of recovery is very small, but by keeping on using the OS you reduce that all the time.

    Accepted Solution

    Well I was able to restore using a Data recovery Software, "EASE US Data Recovery Professional"  it was able to read the data on the partition and I am currently recovering the data.

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    by:Scott Johnston
    I was hunting for a possible solution using WINDOWS SERVER utilities, but realized that is not something that is available so I used a software application I already was aware of.

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