Our cash server has died and since it was managed exclusively by the cash office we dont control the backups. The hd appears to be toast but we are not sure yet and I was wondering if anyone knew of any livecd's which contain a shed load of drivers and possibly some tape drive support so I can try to get the database off the server asap?
The server is old, really old (Win 2000) so I hope newer livecd's would have drivers for it.
We are supposed to be paid this week and we have to get the pay out by tomorrow lunch so I need a livecd tool to copy the db to the network asap.
If you want to try & get data back you could try using a Ubuntu live CD
++ for UBCD4Win, it is probably the safest easiest way as it is less likely to kill ntfs than a linux one. If it will not mount with windows though you may need to resort to Ubuntu live CD but have a backup medium handy as it may only come up once before it kills the filesystem totally.
Have you tried sticking the drive in your box? DBs tend just to be files after all so the drive might be usable in a different machine. I've also had success using OnTrack Easy Recovery pro (I think that's what it's called) after installing the disk in something else.
UBCD4Win BSOD when I tried it with nfts.sys so I am going to try an nother now.
Ahhhh... dodgy old RAID cards tend to require exotic drivers. Personally, I'd have a bash with Knoppix (make sure you don't get the Adrianne version - it speaks everything at you and makes you want to chuck the machine out the nearest closed window!). Knoppix generally has good driver support and by default won't write to an NTFS volume (it will read mind) so it's a little safer.
You given bartpe a go? Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD
Far few drivers you could try: Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD, remember a XP cd will include a few more then 2000.
Here is something that I should have remembered right off the bat, why not give Windows PE2 (windows vista AIK) a go. It is easy to integrate drivers and comes with stacks of them already. Full USB and NTFS support to.
Download details: Automated Installation Kit (AIK) for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008
they have even released the one for windows 7 which may have a few more drivers still.
Download details: Windows® AIK for Windows ® 7 RC
EDIT: You could also try the slightly less than legal Diamond BootCD v1 04 that contains stacks of recovery tools, google and a friendly water related download client can provide it with minimal effort.
Last edited by SYNACK; 20th July 2009 at 04:20 PM.
Heres a few others that may help, not all are legal to distribute:
Ubuntu saved a friends drive that could not longer be seen by windows (at all) last week. Ubuntu VM with vmware tools installed in workstation 6.5.2 and folder sharing made it easy to pull out and immediatly test in windows (drive in caddy via USB).
Last edited by Theblacksheep; 20th July 2009 at 05:06 PM.
I tried Knoppix but I have no idea how to mount the raid controller hard disk.
SYNACK: I have the 7 x64 AIK but I have no idea how to burn a PE from it. Tips?
EDIT: found this:
its made an iso at least.
Last edited by ZeroHour; 20th July 2009 at 05:04 PM.
This may help, production values are a bit iffy but it seems to have the info:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R8vicCSTsE"]YouTube - Make Your Own Windows 7 live Cd! 100% FREE AND LEGAL[/ame]
and this is the procedure in a quicker text form:
PE 3.0 Building Instructions - The CD Forum
Are you sure that your server has an x64 chip also as you may need a x32 AIK image to boot it otherwise. Also if you know what RAID card it has you could integrate the drivers first just to make sure
You can even use 2003 or XP ones if later ones do not exist.
Edit2: There is a script here to add the drivers to:
Edit3: Ah, I see that you found the instructions anyhow ZH
Last edited by SYNACK; 20th July 2009 at 05:15 PM.
Cheers for that, just tried a basic PE image using the guide I linked but no hard disks were shown.
I am hunting for drivers now for a Acceleraid 160 (god what a name lol) to see if I can integrate them.
Oooh, windows 2000 drivers seem to be the latest... classy
wait found XP ones on the windows update catalogue which should be the best avalible:
Microsoft Update Catalog
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