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How's this for a lucky break?

Tonight I was over at my in-laws, swapping out their old (and I do mean old*) Linux/Samba file server for something not so old and not so cramped for space. The new box was going where the old box was sitting. Normally I'd shut the old one down, put the new one in its place, and fire the old one up in a temporary spot. But, a lack of a third port on the KVM switch there caused me to steal the old box's keyboard/VGA/mouse cables, and just slide it to the side while still running; it ran for the rest of the night "headless" while I transferred my in-laws' files to the new server.

Everything with the migration went fine ... I pulled all 14 GB of data off the old box and dropped it on the new machine in a little over three hours (and got dinner out of the deal!).

With the file migration done, I got everyone's drive mappings cleaned up, shut the old box down, disconnected it and lugged it home. This was the first time in over 240 days that the system had been powered off. When I brought it back up once I got home, the NIC promptly died. And I mean died -- filled the screen with PCI bus errors, rolled over on its back, and showed Xs for eyes died.

Thank you, oh god of small favors, for keeping Murphy from doing me up the ass on this gig.

* "Old" in this case is a 1995-vintage HP Vectra tower with a 133 MHz Pentium with 96 MB RAM and a single 18 GB hard drive. The "new" box is a Compaq PC with a 450 MHz Pentium II, 512 MB RAM and a 4x18 GB RAID 5 array (51 GB usable space). Y'all say lebensraum now, y'hear!



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Feb. 27th, 2007 04:51 am (UTC)
51 GB usable space

She's got huge....tracts of disk!
Feb. 28th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Seems so tiny ... especially now that you can get 400 GB disks. But, ya know, free is free, and they don't need that much space. Though, if my father in-law writes another picture heavy book that'll blow another 10 GB in images and multiple drafts...

Heh, the first servers I worked on in '93 maxed out with 15.2 GB (7.6 GB usable, the way Aetna had us carve them up) ... in two huuuuuge disk cabinets that weighed 108 lbs apiece. It was probably $30,000 worth of disk. Today I have a trio of 180 - 200 GB USB external drives that I use for backups, each of which cost about a buck a gig.
Feb. 28th, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
I recently realized that my first sysadmin job involved a machine with about the same amount of usable storage as my cell phone. (And, I would note, less bandwidth to the Internet; compare a good old 56kbps DDS line to EDGE, itself not exactly super high speed new stuff, which I have clocked out at around 80kbps...and which works while riding the bus.)
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Feb. 28th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
Not in my experience. Just one that you make offerings to in order to keep him away. That's why I have a disembodied hard drive hanging on my office wall. A "Murphy protector". :-)
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