[mythtv-users] Importing Old TV files

Alan Chandler alan at chandlerfamily.org.uk
Fri Jul 6 18:04:38 UTC 2012

On 06/07/12 14:40, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> On 07/06/2012 05:43 AM, Alan Chandler wrote:
>> I recently did a completely fresh install of Mythtv Backend.  This 
>> included making a new database.
> Meant to ask...  Is there some reason why you made a new database 
> instead of backing up the old database and restoring it to the new 
> system?
> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Database_Backup_and_Restore

Its a long complicated story about my previous (Debian Squeeze) based 
system on an newish (month old) Intel motherboard with 4 SATA disks 
having a hardware failure in the middle of the night.  It appears the 
failure had also scribbled partly over my raid1 root fs.  My initial 
recovery was with the old previous motherboard with only support for two 
SATA drives and no internet access (this box is my house router), trying 
to figure out which half or a raid I should be using.  Having got that 
going, and managing to download an ubuntu 12.04 server image - I 
discovered this new (old) hardware was also falling over about once a day.

Fortunately with the downloaded ubuntu image I was able to do a mem test 
on the failed motherboard, and discovered the memory had a bad module.  
Replacing that with a new hardware enabled me to restart building a 4 
disk system again, although by now I had lots of half build raid arrays 
across the wrong disks etc. So I went with ubuntu - giving me access to 
the 0.25 fixes repo as well.  In the rush ( I was now almost 6 days into 
this crisis) I decided it was too hard to find the old stuff and recover it.

Up until lunchtime today I was feeling I had made a good choice.  The 
new mythtv system had none of the stuttering problems I had incurred 
with the Debian backported mythtv, the HD program clarity was fantastic 
- even in live TV and I had eventually found the good half of a raid 
array where the old recordings were left.

Unfortunately at lunchtime today I had an aborted attempt to switch my 
single disk root filesystem back to a raid1 root filesystem and in the 
process I now find my HD device is not producing any output.

Alan Chandler

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