I can get more information tonight. Last night was mostly assessing what data we could rescue and trying to make sure all the other machines were clean.
They can't get a hold of their original tech who set everything up. I don't know enough about their setup to feel comfortable recommending replacing the server (like you said, it may be running the PoS software, I need to look into it). It is old and definitely could use an overhaul. I want to give them a chance to get a hold of their original tech before I start playing with anything serious.
Nova Backup is installed on a secondary machine, not backing up server info, but backing up one user's documents to an external USB drive.
Their PoS data is being backed up onto a thumbdrive from the server network share by Nova Backup. So I guess the entire time they could have just duplicated that setup for the other server drive to their USB. Lol. Owned. Oh well.
I'll read the thread you linked.
BTW this isn't for a restaurant, it's for a high end home furniture store. While we were waiting for data recovery to finish, I got to drink a few brews on a $12,000 sectional and later a $4,000 recliner. It was nice to be rich for an evening. I'll get a six of High Life tonight for round two and then I'll be living up to the beer's name.
Sounds like so far I need to do some more research on what runs on their server, if they are interested in a new one or just a NAS, a small cloud service option for those backups of backups
and what type of hard drives I need.
Anyone have a recommendation for very reliable hard drives? Would SSD's be a legit option with storage amounts this low? I guess my logic behind that would be less power, less moving parts and excessive potential storage isn't needed. The main downside would be price, I think...