Accessing WHS share today, tried to open a notepad file containing some licenses and I received an error. I then tried from the WHS itself and got the same error. Every file I've tested in various folders in varying types, has resulted in the same 'The Device is Not Connected error. (You can view an image of the error here: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/getfile/54580/)
I attempted to access the files via:
- the UNC path to the share (e.g.: \\my_whs_server\software) and providing credentials when prompted (new desktop; connector Not installed yet)
- RDP'ing to the server (e.g.: mstsc /v:my_whs_server) and logging on as the Administrator
Everything I've seen online are the results of hard drive failures and disk replacements, but:
none of my drives failed
none of the drives were replaced
no new drives added
the server didn't tank in any way
no restores or repairs were performed
I've run the following in an effort to try to fix it but there's been no change:
rem restart delay: 80secs by default
echo. & echo Stopping the Windows Home Server Drive Letter Service
sc stop pdl >nul
echo. & echo Stopping the Windows Home Server Computer Backup Service
sc stop whsbackup >nul
for %%a in (D C) do (
echo. & echo Running chkdsk for %%a:
chkdsk %%a: /x /r
for /D %%a in (C:\fs\*) do (
echo & echo Running chkdsk on %%a
start chkdsk /x /r %%a
echo. & echo Restarting server in %restart_secs% seconds
shutdown -r -f -t %restart_secs%
Other than that, the server seems to be working fine.
Somewhat of a disappointment is that although there are icons for 'files', the actual files don't appear to truly be there. I was nearing storage capacity (nearly 1TB) on the server and while checking diskmgmt I noticed it claimed there's 92% free space on the disk. This isn't right at all.
How can *.* get deleted/wiped or suddenly/seemingly go missing 'overnight' so to speak?
What would cause diskmgmt to think there's no physical data on the drive but leave 'stubs' that Explorer interprets as files?
If I can't recover this data, is there anything else I can do to figure out what happened so I can avoid this in the future?
This is probably the most important question: If WHS is intended to be a backup solution, how do we go about protecting the backup?
I get that if I had everything on one hard drive and that drive tanked, I would get the 'we told you so' for not backing up that data. Thankfully WHS is here to not only backup my systems in the event of a situation where a restore is necessary, but also misc files as well. (Music, Photos, Software etc) So here's a situation where the backup (which is WHS) has tanked and I've seemingly lost everything.
Again I query: What's the backup of the backup (which is WHS)?