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Server OS hard drive died

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Post by asavage » 13 years ago

The Server's OS HDD died sometime Thursday (the day I left for the weekend at the Portland Auto Swap Meet, naturally).

Apparently, the power was out for a loooong time, long enough to exhaust all three UPSs, and when it came back up, the OS drive was dead. This is the Operating System drive and it contains no user data.

I had spare HDDs but not the ~6 hours to reload the OS (I do not back
up the OS -- scarce resources and all).

And, as it turns out, the spare HDDs I have are too large -- physically -- to fit where the old one resided, so it too has to live "outside the box" in an external enclosure, along with the data drives.

Data is all backed up, no problem there.

I had to go find an old backup of the OS, which hasn't had any maintenance (software-wise) to speak of in several years. The backup I settled on was from 2003, and worked fine. I had to apply a single FixPak to it, and it was fine. Unfortunately, the PHP and MySQL installations keep their configuration files on the OS drive (why did I set it up like that?) and they went away, and I had to re-learn what values to plug in to them, and that took an extra night.

At any rate, all appears to be well now, and I took advantage of the downtime to haul the server to work and blow it all out of dust, took down all the fans and lubed them (the case's front fan has been making racket for six months!) and generally tidy things up a bit.

We are back in business!

To those who contacted me via email, I'm sorry I could not take the time to reply individually, and I hope the form letter made sense.
Regards,
Al S.

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Re: Server OS hard drive died

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Post by philip » 13 years ago

asavage wrote:The Server's OS HDD died sometime Thursday (the day I left for the weekend at the Portland Auto Swap Meet, naturally).

Apparently, the power was out for a loooong time, long enough to exhaust all three UPSs, and when it came back up, the OS drive was dead. This is the Operating System drive and it contains no user data.

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Post by goglio704 » 13 years ago

Great to have the site back. Thanks for all you do Al.
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Post by 83_maxima » 13 years ago

goglio704 wrote:Great to have the site back. Thanks for all you do Al.
Agreed. Thanks Al!

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Post by glenlloyd » 13 years ago

83_maxima wrote:
goglio704 wrote:Great to have the site back. Thanks for all you do Al.
Agreed. Thanks Al!
Ditto on that one!

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Post by dlh » 13 years ago

don't let it happen again.
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Post by kassim503 » 13 years ago

My internet usage dropped drastically after this forum went down
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Post by Nissan_Ranger » 13 years ago

Welcome back... You were missed:-)

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