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I had a Windows Home server machine that crashed. Before doing anything I decided to get data out of it. So I took the hard drive and connected it to Windows7 pc.

What I get is that I cannot access almost any file! I do see directory structure, I can open small files like .txt and .ini but bigger files like .iso and video - no go. Same goes for Ubuntu and OS X - I can see files and even copy them - but they are corrupted.

Any ideas for what the problem is?

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Did it have multiple HDDs connected? – Hubert Kario Jan 8 '11 at 17:13
This question should be asked on Superuser, not Serverfault. – Mike Scott Jan 8 '11 at 17:23
Mike you are right. You cannot call WHS a "server"... – Eakraly Jul 27 '11 at 18:06
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WHS automatically distributes files over drives. You can read a white paper about how it works here:

If you look on the primary disk, it will have a data partition that appears to have all directories and files. However, some of those files are NTFS "Reparse Points", which just point to a file elsewhere. Through most APIs, attempting to read from a reparse point will return the contents of the the pointed-to file.

WHS Drive Extender has several rules it follows to decide whether to keep the actual file on the primary disk, or just to keep a reparse point there. The rules depend on the number of disks, whether duplication is enabled for the share containing that file, and how full each disk is.

You didn't say how many disks you had or how your shares were configured, but my psychic powers tell me that you have more than one physical disk in your WHS. If you plug the other drives in to your Windows 7 PC and dig around, you should be able to find more of your files.

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I actually "found" my data. It resides in hidden de/shares folder which holds the data. Regular shares directory holds simlinks to the files residing in de folder

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