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Old 01-22-2002, 07:31 AM   #1
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You know when you realise you've screwed everything up in site...? or maybe not.

I was at uni earlier, and was about to leave, so it typed poweroff into my box, and left. Once I got hope my housemate told me that my server had crashed while she was eamiling someone. I forgot to log out of my ssh conenction to my home server from uni, and poweroff'd the server..! argh!! Not that scary really, but adding the fact that it had had abuot 120 days uptime mainly due to the fact that the machines /boot partition was utterly screwed and non existent, and the only boot disk i had was known to be a little corrupted...

i had also recently killed off the windows partition in favour of /usr and hadn't rebooted since i'd moved the entire tree over to a new partition.

So it booted, and went ballistic when it couldn't find /boot, but the boot disk managed to at least get me to a rescue mode, where it wanted to attach every single inode on /boot to lost+found... and from there i mounted everything manually and went up to runlevel 3, where it's currently vaguely stable. So suprised i managed to rescue it this much...

Guess I should fix that /boot... erased the partition and installed lilo onto it... well.. we'll seee.. maybe i just plain won't bother ever turning it off again... assuming i can disable remote shutdowns...

any other decent stories? .. maybe the 'other' shouldn't be there...
 
Old 01-23-2002, 05:21 PM   #2
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As a fellow University student I'm ashamed of you......for having a windows partition on a server!

Can't say I've had anything like that, wouldn't touch a server with a 40ft barge pole (at the moment), but most of my horror's have involved installing drivers on a win95 machine. Oh wait, that's not really scary, especially as it happens all the time...
 
Old 01-23-2002, 06:19 PM   #3
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can't really say i've had any real disaster/amazing recover stories. when something goes wrong, i tend to take the entire ship down with me.
 
Old 01-24-2002, 08:59 AM   #4
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can't really say i've had any real disaster/amazing recover stories. when something goes wrong, i tend to take the entire ship down with me.
There should be no other way.
 
Old 01-24-2002, 09:57 AM   #5
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ever have 2 hd's in a RAID 5 die at the same time? it's not fun
 
Old 01-25-2002, 05:31 AM   #6
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I messed up the partition table on a windows machine really bad once. Luckily I was able to boot linux still and recover everything manually. Well it wasn't exactly so easy because I messed up the extended partitions so it wasn't just the partition table in the first sector which was messed up. I had to do a lot of math and dd sectors in the middle of the drive while praying I wasn't destroying the wrong ones. I did manage to get it right though but I guess that's because I checked every step 5 times before I did anything and I spent a day reading up on the layout of the partition table. I was releaved when I got all my data back. It was 40 gigs of stuff which is a pain to lose just like that.
 
Old 01-26-2002, 04:03 PM   #7
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I had a friend come to me with a Win2k laptop with a doinked MBR and a number of other Winproblems. It was his company's and they had already issued him loaner so he just wanted his data off... 2.5 Gb of it.

I tried LOAF and Tomsrtbt, but they were built on 2.0.x kernels with no NTFS support, so I just used three slackware install disks, and a fourth with the Slack 2.4.5 pre-compiled ntfs module. Between these I was about to a) talk to the hard drive and b) talk to my network. An hour and forty minutes later and My pal Bob is walking off with the first CD with all of the important parts of that 2.5Gb.

The funny part came from the MCSE twit at his job that claimed that there was no way to get the data off of that laptop. Between that gimp and a few others at the office chastising Bob for not making back-ups, he had me write up a how-to.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 01-29-2002, 05:08 AM   #8
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can't really say i've had any real disaster/amazing recover stories. when something goes wrong, i tend to take the entire ship down with me.
Damm the torpedoes!, and full speed ahead!
 
  


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