My development server hard drive crashed and i was running Microsoft sql server on it as my database. I was wondering if its possible to export the databases or copy the meta data? the only way i can see the files is through a live boot linux cd so where is the database files located on disk?
If you can mount the file system and navigate across the directory structure, then there is a chance that you can rescue things. Some steps to consider:
If needed, there may be other 3rd party utilities which can automate the steps as well as include additional functionality to assist.