[mythtv-users] Hard drive failure...

JC johnmythtv at crombe.com
Fri Mar 7 05:47:27 UTC 2003

Just out of curiosity, now that my system is up-and-running.  What's the
best way to back up the whole thing to a networked drive?

Do a tar or something?  Can I do it from the root (/) and get everything
(even "open" files) but excluding my /video partition and mounted samba
shares?  In Windows I'd run the system backup program, check a few boxes and
let it rip.  What do I do in Mandrake 9 / linux?


P.S.  Here's my current mounts:
[root at p800 mythtv]# mount
/dev/hda6 on / type ext3,ext2 (rw)
none on /proc type proc (rw)    --- Don't know what this is! ;-)
none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,mode=0620)   --- Don't know what this is!
/dev/hda5 on /video type ext2 (rw)   --- Don't want to backup this
// on /mnt/C type smbfs (0)   --- Don't want to backup this
// on /mnt/DVD type smbfs (0)  --- Don't want to backup this
//c117787-d/C on /mnt/p4_C type smbfs (0)       --- Don't want to backup
// on /mnt/p4_v type smbfs (0)      --- Don't want to backup
//c117787-d/X_VIDEO on /mnt/p4_x type smbfs (0)  --- Don't want to backup

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ryan A. Carris" <rac at racarris.com>
To: "Discussion about mythtv" <mythtv-users at snowman.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] Hard drive failure...

> JC wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Was running Myth CVS just great as of about a week ago.  Have about 60gb
> > worth of shows recorded, and then things just "hung".  Couldn't even
> > (snip)
>  > Now it won't boot again.
> >
> > This PC had run perfectly for about 2 years with Win2k and never a
glitch of
> > trouble.  Do you think turning on the dma stuff as suggested in the
> > setup/faq could have screwed it up?  If so, would it really take a few
> > to screw up?
> >
> It is NOT likely a hardware problem. It is likely a corrupt filesystem.
>   Type "man fsck", Read, Understand, then Run "fsck".  This should get
> your computer back up and running.
> > Also, should I try and switch the file system (using linux default now -
> > ext2 right?) to some journaled one or something "safer"?
> > (snip)
> > JC
> Another alternitive to running a journaled file system, is to mount your
> existing partitions using the "sync" option.  IMHO this is a much better
> solution.
> Linux, by default, sets 'ext2' partitions to be written async.  This is
> not a good thing, because data is not written to the disk right a way,
> therefore if you hit the reset button, you are doomed to loose data,
> everytime.  (no other OS does this, as far as I know)  Mounting the
> filesystems w/ the sync option will definitely sacrifce speed though,
> but is much safer.  I say that this is a better option, because it
> doesn't carry the overhead/hassle of a Journeled filesystem and almost
> as safe.
> But, I would only do this if you have setup a seperate partition for you
> video that can still be mounted 'async', so that you don't loose speed
> there.
> -rac
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