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Delorean is back to full operation!


Well, I am glad to announce that I have managed to bring back all of Eagleworld's services and get the server back to full operation! Not only are we running on fresh, new hard drives, but I have recovered ALL of the data I previously lost on the solid-state drive, plus we are now upgraded to Debian 8 "Jessie," which is the current stable build.

I figured I would document here what had to be done for posterity, as it was a rather interesting experience which had me biting my teeth at some parts, but was just plain satisfying in others. However, after all is said and done, I successfully survived losing two hard drives, the fan in my backup RAID tower, AND the backup battery the server runs on, and came out back to full capacity!

First off, to fully appreciate everything that happened, you need to know the layout of all of the hard drives in my system. The system, as I outlined in the past, is nothing more than a plain old Dell Inspiron 530 I bought quite a few years ago. With capacity for only two internal hard drives, I had to get rather crafty to get this machine up to a spec that it could keep running for any perceivable period of time. In addition to having it run on an APC UPS (uninterruptable power supply), I added extra hard drives in it using a SATA RAID enclosure that connects to it via eSATA (external SATA). Here are the hard drives I had in it, and what they stored: