Friday night, I heard a noise coming from my web server.
The system as configured was: 233Mhz Pentium MMX, 130M RAM, and three 4G hard disks; Slackware Linux 9.0 was set up to run those three disks as a RAID.
The sound I heard was a repeated "click-clunk" that sounded like a hard drive seeking and then re-seeking. Then I noticed that a drive was spinning down, then spinning back up. Oh crap.
I figured I'd better run a backup of the /home directories (fortunately, not much there.)
When I took it down for troubleshooting to find the faulty drive, and see if I could drop in a replacement, another drive gave up completely. That one had the main /boot partition, and that was the end of it.
That's why we make backups.
I feel that my junk box web server was a triumph beyond all expectations - every component would otherwise have wound up in the trash years ago, and I made it work.
I might be able to resurrect the old server, but in the meantime it rests in pieces... and my apartment is a LOT quieter while I toss together a replacement.
5 years, 9 months ago
27 May 2013 20:10 CEST