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I cannot start the server but I can access the file system (I connected the hard drive by SATA-to-USB to on my laptop) and I want to transfer the repository to new installation (I use win32svn server on Windows 2003).

I read some articles how can I migrate SVN repository to another server but they all say that I should run a svnadmin dump/hotcopy command first, but I cannot do that because I cannot boot the OS.

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The commands are recommended because if you copy the repository's files while subversion is running then you risk copying the repository in an invalid state.

Since the server is dead, you can just copy the repo.

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Of course, take care to use the same version of the SVN server that was installed on the old system. Sometimes the repo format changes from version to version. – sleske Nov 6 '11 at 1:30
@sleske: A newer version of Subversion should be fine... Older formats are always supported. – haimg Nov 6 '11 at 4:20
@sleske - as haimug says, you can use svnadmin upgrade to make the repository the required format for the latest version (whether local or remote repositories) - see – Wayne Nov 6 '11 at 8:28

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