[mythtv-users] Backup software

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Mon Jul 30 19:25:06 UTC 2012

On 7/23/2012 18:14, Amy Overmyer wrote:
> I had a total hard drive failure on one of my mythtv slave backends.
> Fortunately, I have a stack of old ~200 G IDE drives that were pulled
> from my master backend some time back whilst I was upgrading to higher
> capacity SATA drives. Unfortunately, it's probably only a matter of time
> until the replacement fails as well as these disks are some years old.
> Obviously to recover, I had to reinstall mythbuntu, recompile my kernel
> (stv0900 driver works better with a patch), and setup my mythtv stuff.
>   The recompiling of the kernel is probably the most painful part as
> this backend is a Geode 1750Mhz CPU. It is not a fast process on that
> chip. Since this is a slave, it doesn't keep recordings or videos on it.
> Anyway, what I was thinking is since I do have a stack of harddrives, if
> there is software out there that could backup my existing linux setup on
> that slave to another harddrive? I don't think any of them are identical
> in size, so imaging would probably not work.  I've read a little about
> MondoRescue on this list, but that thread was from 2006! Does anyone do
> something similar?

Why bother?  Configure it to boot off the network.  No more disk to 
worry about failing.  I've currently got a combo SBE/FE, and two 
dedicated frontends, running off a single shared base image that sits on 
a mirrored array on my master backend.

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