Linux and the Libretto, Redux

Posted 2007.06.01 0.00 in Computers/Internet/Technology

Several months ago I wrote a bunch of little posts about how I was breathing new life into an old laptop. My wee little portable mini laptop, the Libretto 100CT, and a variant of Linux based on Damn Small Linux, which is based on Debian.

Well, it’s been about 6 months since I made the last post, which was about installing a solid-state hard drive. Unfortunately, the followup is not happy…

A few nights ago my Libretto stopped working, it wouldn’t respond. I tried to reboot it, and it wouldn’t boot. Grub error. That’s bad.

So, tonight I rooted around and found my stack of laptop hard drives. I had to try them all until I found the one that would boot. It’s the one I was using before switching to the CF card / hard drive. It was last used in November 2006.

Once I had the Libretto booted, I mounted the CF card in a PCMCIA slot. Or, I tried to mount it. It wouldn’t mount. Sigh.

After a bunch of messing around with e2fsck, I managed to get it to the point that I could mount it. Oh, joy. My /home partition is gone. All data lost. Yippee. And look, my root partition is mangled. I was able to get a few files out of /etc that I could use to get my old harddrive based install back up to where my solid state one was, but not my data files.

Then, I remembered! I had a backup!

After rooting around a bit, I found my backup. Another CF card, yes, but it hasn’t been used much so it should be ok. Shouldn’t it?

Aw, crap.

Well, my backup of the root partition was gone, and my home partition was from the end of November. So, about 6 months old. I really ought to have backed up more often. Shit.

Anyhow, long story short, my Libretto is up and running again, using my home-made linux that’s based on Damn Small Linux that’s based on Debian. But I’ve lost about 6 months of data. And I will not use cheap CF cards as a hard drive again, at least not without a regular backup plan.

So, let that be a lesson to me!

She Who Laughs Last, Probably Made A Backup!

Toshiba Libretto 100CT in surgery

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