July 25, 2006
Old Hard Drive: R.I.P.
Well, it finally happened. Over this past weekend, while working to finish migrating data from a failing drive to a new one, I found the end of the rope. I have been unable to recover enough data from the old drive to be able to do anything useful with it and since it was still part of the LVM Volume Group (or VG), the problems it was causing were just too much to deal with.
So, I wiped all of the hard drives for the
data VG. I am rebuilding everything from my backups. Ha, I'm sure I got some of you. You thought that perhaps I was going through all those gyrations trying to save my data because I didn't have any backups. Well, I think I'm a little smarter than that :) .
Seriously, though, I had backed up all the stuff that would be difficult to replace/reconstruct as well as all the irreplaceable data. I had things like several Linux distributions' files and .iso images, to make it easy to burn discs and to do network installs (either whole installs or just to have the packages handy). There were mirrors of updates and other software. All of that is easy to replace, though, so I didn't bother backing it up.
The next thing I would like to do for my file server is to pick up another 320GB drive so that I can pair it with the one I have now and migrate everything into an LVM on RAID1 set. Later, I'll add more 320GB drives and convert the RAID1 to RAID5 or RAID6. In the meantime, the 45GB drive is now sitting in the target pile, waiting for the next target shooting outing and the 120GB drive is going to be an online backup store in the file server. That leaves me with only 299GB of storage on my file server.
How will I ever get by? :)
Posted by lamontp at July 25, 2006 10:44 AM