Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Four Tough Lessons of System Recovery

Last week, I received a brand new laptop with 1.5Gb RAM, a 100GB SATA HD, and a 15.4-inch wide screen, brightview display. It has basically all the technical gizmos that can spoil a new employee.

The computer came to me installed with Windows XP Pro. My game plan was to transfer my files via a USB disk to the NTFS partition and then transfer my second partition which is Debian Sarge (so-called) Unstable, and keep up with my regular business.

My weapon of choice, when I have to use Windows, is a VMware Workstation, configured to work with the real partitions--not the loop filesystem. This means that if I change anything, my files are still there when I boot Debian.

So, I started VMware as usual, configured it to use the physical hard disk, and began my operation.

I used a USB disk to transfer my old system. After that, I began to erase my old disk, which contained the NTFS system partition (C), an NTFS data partition (D), and the Debian partition.

While doing this I first erased my D and Debian partitions with fdisk and wrote the changes to the disk.

After I exited cfdisk, I caught a glimpse of hda1, which troubled me and left me staring at the empty black screen with the root cursor wondering what was wrong. The thing was, that device should have been sda, which was the mounted USB drive, not hda--the laptop's native disk.

I turned red. I had just wiped the partition that contained my backup data and the installation files of my laptop. Fortunately, my boot partition was still there, so I just had to collect my backup data (some 60GB) from different computers and copy them again, which looked like half a day or so of work.

My First Attempt

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Today in Techrights

today's leftovers

  • LinuXatUSIL – Previas 2 for #LinuxPlaya
    Damian from GNOME Argentina explained us some code based on this tutorial and the widgets in Glade were presented.
  • RancherOS v0.8.0 released! [Ed: and a bugfix release, 0.8.1, out today]
    RancherOS v0.8.0 is now available! This release has taken a bit more time than prior versions, as we’ve been laying more groundwork to allow us to do much faster updates, and to release more often.
  • The Technicals For Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) Tell An Interesting Tale
  • Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 1 Released | New Features And Download
    Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus Beta 1 release is finally here. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and download the ISO images of the participating flavors, which are, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio. Powered by Linux kernel 4.10, these releases feature the latest stable versions of their respective desktop environments. This release will be followed by the Final Beta release on March 23 and final release on April 13.
  • Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 1 Now Available to Download
    The first beta releases in the Ubuntu 17.04 development cycle are ready for testing, with Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu Budgie among the flavors taking part.

FOSS Policies

Leftovers: BSD