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Jeffrey
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Re: HP MediaSmart EX485 - System Drive Failed - Questions

said by koitsu:

First and foremost, in bold to make it crystal clear:

I would not do ANYTHING with that 750GB disk until some questions can be answered first. DO NOT HOOK IT UP TO AN ENCLOSURE, NOR A WINDOWS PC. If it is your only copy of your data, DO NOT DO ANYTHING WITH IT at this time.

Thanks. I have not done anything yet. It's not a rush.

The unit has been excellent, and I've never needed to troubleshooting with it. WHS is nice, but as I hear, discontinued after the most recent iteration, which is a shame.

Thank you for the offer to look at the drive, I appreciate it, but it's not necessary. The data on here was not vital - in the grand scheme of life - so it's not of huge concern. More of a "is there a trick I don't know about" kind of thing.

The unit was hooked up to a UPS, however the battery was drained after an 8-day power outage due to hurricane Sandy and I did not fully charge it yet.

I'll work on getting the details about the file system.
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So reading between the lines, it sounds like the HP device runs Windows, yes?

Chances are it uses NTFS then. However, whether or not it uses "dynamic disks" is unknown -- my guess is that's probably what it uses. Really don't know at this point though. As you can see from the documentation (bottom of page), there are multiple models/methods available. If striped (that means RAID-0) then the data is lost (n+0 bytes would be on the 1TB disk, n+1 bytes would be on the 750GB disk). If spanned (concatenated), there may be recoverable data but I'm not sure. if RAID-5, the data is lost. If mirrored (RAID-1), I would say the data is probably recoverable.
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Jeffrey
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said by koitsu:

So reading between the lines, it sounds like the HP device runs Windows, yes?

Yes, it's WHS and I believe my unit is the original version of WHS, not the newest (last) iteration, so mine is based on Windows Server 2003 R2.

said by koitsu:

Chances are it uses NTFS then. However, whether or not it uses "dynamic disks" is unknown -- my guess is that's probably what it uses.

Thanks for the link and the information. This weekend I'll be able to dig deeper into it.
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