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August 29th, 2009

Restoration...

I ran a server in my garage up through February, 2007.  I hosted Ricochet Robot and also a collection of  important photographs (primarily Raziel's first 17 months) on the server.  I planned well.  The server ran Gentoo.  It had three SCSI hard drives: one 18GB drive with the operating system, and two 36GB drives which were kept as a RAID mirror for data storage (important photos need mirroring).  The main hard drive died in late February.  I powered it down.

I let the system sit for a year, and then decided to buy a networked RAID mirror for my photos and backups.  I tried to boot the old system using a LiveCD, however the SCSI controller could no longer see the CD-ROM drive, so booting became impossible.

I received, as a present, an identical system this week.  This morning, I burned an image of SystemRescueCD (http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page), popped one of my mirrored drives into the drive bay of the new system, and booted.  The system came up, I configured networking, mounted the drive, and copied all of the photos off to my network RAID mirror.

All is well with the world again, though, frankly, I think I'm going to burn a few DVDs for storage in a fireproof safe, just in case.

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