Rachel "Sparks" Blackman (seattlesparks) wrote,
Rachel "Sparks" Blackman

RIP Noderunner...

The damage is more than I expected; the RAID array is completely shot. (Yes, I'm still stupefied as well as to how a RAID array can experience catestrophic failure.) I'm salvaging what I can...but it may be a wash. All the files are there, but we've lost all the names and all the directories of anything. It will take me weeks to put the server back together by hand, if I ever can.

Lest anyone blame the two who colocate the machine for me for free, it's my own damned fault; I should've found a way to make better offsite backup images, but twenty-six gigabytes of data is a lot to find any regular way of backing up. I should've noticed when one of the RAID plexes went stale, but it was warned about on the console and foobar is a headless machine in Maryland; I'm in Seattle. I never saw the console messages. I just...I should've paid closer attention rather than assuming since everything was working that everything was...well, /WORKING/.

In retrospect, my real mistake is that I was trying to run a machine with the amount of services of a small professional ISP, but never charged money for it. ISPs have catastrophic failures too, but they have money to pay to fix things or to get better equipment; having never taken in money for this, I have the money for neither, and so we end up with this.

This isn't to say that Noderunner's totally deceased. All the data /is/ there, just scattered in files now named for their disk location. I'll be looking at how to put things back together and fix up the RAID array later; I'm not going to let it go down completely. But I no longer have any idea when it will be back up.

I just...I feel physically ill. I may get offline for a while.
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