Jan 04 2008

Mostly back up

Published by at 10:52 am under Site Configuration

I still have to get about 3 months worth of blog posts back from the now defunct server, but I have high hopes that this will not be all that painful of a process. Not extremely high hopes, but some hope none the less. The old system is still running, it’s just not connecting to the network and I’ll have to find a way to get the backups straight out of the database. I’m all but certain that I won’t be the only person who’s ever had to do this, so I may be able to find a couple of ‘how-tos’ in Google.

Once more, this proves to me the importance of regular backups. I spend part of New Years Day backing up all of my podcasts and pictures to DVD, I just wish I’d remembered to do the same with the podcast. Oh well.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Mostly back up”

  1. Romanon 06 Jan 2008 at 2:20 pm

    With regards to the podcast, do you need copies of the older ones? I believe I have most of them, so if you need them I can get them to you.

  2. Martinon 06 Jan 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Roman, thanks, but I have those. Some links may be broken, but I have the podcasts on about 4 different systems, between my home server, Libsyn and DVD backups. I just wasn’t as careful with my blogging stuff.

    Thanks anyways, let me know if you’re experiencing any problems.

    Martin

  3. Willon 08 Jan 2008 at 9:33 am

    I recently had a similar situation of almost data loss. Basically my main desktop died (either PSU of mobo, not sure at this point), and my last backup was a few months old. I bought a new laptop and a SATA/IDE to USB adapter.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002

    I only received the adapter yesterday, but it was about as painless as could be to begin getting the data off my old hard drive within 15 minutes. This approach may work for you if you haven’t figured something else out yet. What is nice about that particular style of adapter is you don’t need to remount the hard drive anywhere, just take off the case, hook up the hard drive on one end and the USB adapter to the computer you want to back up to. It will show up as an external USB hard drive. Works on Linux beautifully too (went from a Debian desktop to an Ubuntu laptop).

  4. Martinon 08 Jan 2008 at 10:04 am

    Will,

    I can still access the HD of the dead system, I just can’t get it connected to the network. I’ve had some luck getting information off of the system with a USB key, but it’s going to take some wizardry to get the remainder of my posts back from MovableType and MySQL. I’ll bang on it some this coming weekend and see what I can do. I have several external HD enclosures I can use if it comes to that, but I think it’ll be easier to try recovering it from a live system first.

    Martin

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