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Hardware Wars

After spending a number of hours getting http compression working for the machine that runs belfry.com, The Nice Forums, and our local image server, I got handed a belated April Fools joke by fate. The new hard drive that I'd just replaced a couple months ago crashed. So I got to buy a new hard drive and spend the rest of the evening installing it and rebuilding the RAID mirror. Thank goodness for RAID. Two hints for prospective sysadmin types, though... Never install two IDE drives on the same chain if you plan to RAID them together. One failed IDE disk can take down both drives in the chain, at least temporarily, and can possibly cause more serious problems. Secondly, when you re-arrange cables in the case before closing it, make sure that you remember to plug all the drives back in!

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shatterstripes
Apr. 3rd, 2003 02:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should try unleashing the awesome new technology of floppy-disc RAID instead.
revar
Apr. 3rd, 2003 05:11 pm (UTC)
Aiiiiiiiiiggggggghhhhhhh!

Though at least it would make floppies semi-reliable.
doodlesthegreat
Apr. 3rd, 2003 05:24 pm (UTC)
That is just evil.
cjthomas
Apr. 3rd, 2003 11:15 pm (UTC)
Delightfully evil =^.^=.
That's beautifully, beautifully wrong };>.

The irony is that you could probably tweak Linux/vanilla *BSD to do something similar, as I doubt it cares whether you're using /dev/hdx or /dev/fdx.

I also once had a copy of an old DOS program that did something similar, building a "virtual hard drive" by striping 5.25" floppies. You had to switch disks by hand every time you needed to access a different disk, and it had no error checking (meaning about one sector write in five was corrupt), but man, was it a fun toy }:>.

Probably still kicking around on that old MFM drive that I threw away the card for.