Development Server Breakdown

I’ve had some bad luck over the past few weeks with my servers. The production server is working just fine, though.

A couple of weeks ago, one of the four hard drives that were setup in an LVM array died, causing some severe data loss on the development server. After not being able to recover the data that was lost, I setup a backup plan from my development server to my production server, my music server, and another folder on the development server (separate hard drive).

Well, I thought I had learned my lesson. Then two days ago, I put a cd into my music server, and it freezes. No big deal, I’ll just restart, and….it doesn’t see the internal primary hard drive. Great. Having gone through this before with Mac OS X, I realised that the easiest thing to do would be to just try to recover the data, and re-install Leopard.

I put the Leopard installation disk in, and it cannot repair the drive. Great! Even Better! So I search on Google for the errors that Disk Utility is spitting out, and find out that I should get something called ALSOFT Disk Warrior

I booted up Disk Warrior, and repaired the drive. Then I rebooted to boot into the normal installation, and I got no further than before. Needless to say, I got frustrated, and I gave up for a few hours.

I was certainly intending to get back and fix that problem when my development server went down. Wonderful! Alright, so, boys and girls, if you’re keeping track, that’s 2 of the three places where backups are available of my work.

I traced the problem on my development server to a bad pci to ide card. I decided I had a few more laying around, and I could try to just work with what I have, and now the motherboard (crappy PC Chips) is no longer working. It won’t boot up, no beep codes, etc.

Alright, I’m getting tired of talking about this, so I’ll keep you informed when something new happens in this situation.


    One time my dad with all his fancy FSU computer classes couldn’t get one of his two back up computers to boot up. So I swing by the house and check it out after a few weeks and it was totally a floppy, in the floppy drive. He was planning on taking it apart that evening.