Another Week, another Blowout

This time the ufies main hard drive went.
Wee….. it blew out sometime friday, when it dropped off the face of the
earth. I didn’t think that much of it at the time, as I was busy and it’s
done that before. I left a message for the guys at the colo a while later,
saying that if it’s not responding please hit the big red switch. A bit later
I got a call from Tom saying “you box is sick.”

Not words you really want to hear.

Apparently he booted it, plugged a monitor in and found that the primary
master hard drive (thats the one with all the important stuff on it) wasn’t
coming up in the BIOS. Even a massive fsck-up of the OS wouldn’t cause that.
Sounded like hardware failure šŸ™ A trip out there confirmed it, as the drive
now goes wiiiiiiiiiiiiizzzzzz thunk wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiizzzz thunk.
A purchase of the smallest drive I could find (a 30G) at London Drugs and a
day of re-installing software, testing, restoring backups and more testing
rendered a box that was ready to be put back in. Luckily Tom was nice enough
to come in on Saturday (again) to let me into the serverroom to pop ‘er back

Sadly, I discovered the one directory I wasn’t backing up was the directory
with all the scripts and programs for peer 2 peer šŸ™ This is actually a big
blow as they took a while to create and redoing them is going to be a complete
pain in the ass. Live and learn I guess. I’m just really glad the rest of
the system was ok, all the home directories with peoples data, user password
file, etc etc, all fine fine fine…. So, could have been worse, but could
have been better.

So that was my weekend, how was yours?