[mythtv-users] sluggish system, potential HD failure, and how best to get back up and runnin

Hika van den Hoven hikavdh at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 17:32:25 UTC 2014

Hoi Gabe,

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 5:47:02 PM, you wrote:

> Thanks, these are all great tips and I will use them in the future.
> I think I can get to the data on the OS disc, it is just slow as
> heck to boot up from that and I believe it starts up in read only mode.

> I do a DB backup every night.  I am pretty sure I have the backup
> go to my other drive, because that would be the smart thing to do,
> but I will have to check.  Obviously my first issue will be locating
> that backup and putting it on a safe location.

> I have wanted to do a backup of the full disc as a cron job for a
> while and back it up to my windows box.  I just did not know what
> the best way to do that is, so the script will be implemented when I
> get my system back up and running.

> The key questions I have are, is a SSD a good option considering
> the DB gets many writess a day and I thought SSDs fail after a
> certain amount of writes.  Even if that is not an issue, is the cost
> worth it?  I don't neccesarily want to replace this drive with a HDD
> because I only need about 50-100 gigs for the system drive (maybe
> more, I am forgetting how large the db can get).

> Once I replace the drive, what is the easiest way to mirror the old
> drive onto the new one and any gotchas (for example, I think I can't
> just my old fstab file because it has entries specific to the actual
> drives and not just their labels).  I realize there will be some
> work migrating, but hoping not a ton.

> Thanks again!

I don't know about the average livecycle of HDD drives. But if you
boot your system from cd or usbstick you can use cp -rpd to copy the
partition to a new one r for subdirectories p for preserve ownwership
etc. and d for not following simlinks. You can add -v for verbose.
After that you have to chroot in to your new disk: chroot /mnt/newdisk
/bin/bash and configure your boorloader.

Tot mails,
  Hika                            mailto:hikavdh at gmail.com

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