[Dirvish] RE: Hard Drive Died, and I was shocked to discover...
jasonb at edseek.com
Tue Feb 14 00:16:05 EST 2006
Oh, Steve, you're going to love this...
I heard a similarly strange sound which should've been from the A/C this
evening, about 30 minutes ago. But, of course, it couldn't have been
since the digital panel for that is downstairs. A few moments later, I
notice my mail client has lost all its IMAP folders. I restart it to no
avil. Then, I try to SSH into my mail server... Disaster!
Apparently, from what I can tell, /dev/sda failed. I'm not completely
sure as I cannot login and the console is filled with all kinds of fun
errors from ext3 and XFS. The ext3 errors are from my root filesystem and
associated system partitions, so that shouldn't be a huge problem as I ran
yesterday's Dirvish backup for this machine at 3:30 PM. However, my data
volume is an XFS filesystem and I can't believe I had two different disks
fail in different arrays. Possible, though.
Anyway, that odd noise made me think of you and your own disk failure.
I'm about to backup my backup of the system above to my workstation since
it's too late for me to recover tonight and if the backup server fails
while I'm asleep I'll _really_ be screwed.
Thanks for ensuring I'm extra paranoid! ;)
(On an unrelated note, I was just thinking how cool it would be to have a
VMWare Server beta VM bootp a kernel that bootstraps a Dirvish image from
one or more vaults for testing to see if it boots and if, were possible,
services start. I guess I didn't move from conception to production fast
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