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First of all, I have server with OS Windows Home Server 2008. One of my 2 hard drives (1tb and 500gb) failed, and I don't know if there was any data on it or if I had lost any data. I was only occupying around ~300gb and the 500gb died. Correct me if I am wrong, but Windows Home Server was designed to be okay after a hard drive failure like this right?

For the hard drive failure part, what is this sound?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2VlIhyT34g

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Sounds like somebody's playing PONG. –  Stacey Richards Oct 21 '10 at 11:41
    
Any machine will only be "ok from a hard drive failure" if you set it up so. If there was no data redundancy or hardware redundancy, youre up the stream without a paddle. –  Sirex Oct 21 '10 at 11:45
    
There are evidently gnomes living inside that disk. –  harrymc Oct 21 '10 at 11:45
    
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Disclaimer: I'm no hardware expert, this answer is based on personal experience.

You're most likely screwed, this sounds pretty similar to the Click Of Death which means that your harddrive is or is close to being dead.

So if there was any data on that drive, you might wanna contact a Data-Recovery Company.

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That's the read/write head hitting its outer limits and reseating repeatedly. It's the "click of death". Sound familiar, from my own channel?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0BXBWAChKs

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Hi Dan! Funny how we both have the same broken hard drive with same video / thermaltake. –  Doug Oct 21 '10 at 18:05
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On Home Server any shares you had duplicated will be fine. If its the system drive the recovery is more complex but again your duplicated shares will be fine. Any data you had on non-duplicated shares is at risk.

FAQ: Drive failure risks

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/whsfaq/thread/828b438f-5770-4f4b-bf82-b5d2f12e3887

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