Iomega StorCenter Pro Down

 

Last week, I had my heart on a BBQ. The StorCenter Pro I have, had suddenly died, with about 315GB of documents on it. I got desperate. I didn’t know what and how to resurrect it.

And so, I’ve started querying our good friend Mr. Google, after similar post-scenarios. Found a lot of others wakening in this kind of situation, but no luck since none of them has had found a reliable solution to the problem.

Knowing that I really don’t want to loose any of the documents inside the NAS, I contacted the Department of Recovery from within the IOMega Co. I know that those guys are pros and they do their job very well and I want to underline this, if get into this kind of scenario, and the data that the NAS holds is very critical, you better ask them for help. For so I did.

The problem was that they gave me a rounded quote for this process, which was over my budget. Even thou I needed all the stuff from the NAS.

Here’s my scenario.

One of the disk (the second one) has failed physically.  The NAS won’ted start/boot at all. I tried many restarts, counted a various number of seconds each time during the Shutdown and Start up. I was forced to stop the device, pull out the second drive and connected to a PC in order to view if the HDD is still alive. Nope, the disk was so dead, that the PC would not pass the POST start. Therefore I have started the NAS without the second drive.

Reach for the… NAS.

I have let the device for about 15 minutes after I started. After that I tried to reach through the IP Address in the browser – no luck, PING the IP – no luck. Desperate, I tried many times reaching the IP address where I knew that that the NAS would reside. None of my tries prevailed.

After about 5 hours of try & fail, I gave up. BUT, in my rush for reaching the device and make sure that my data is still there harmfully, I missed one aspect in troubleshooting.

Having a DHCP Server inside the LAN did the job. Because, the software in NAS, resets the users with admin privileges and  the network settings/config, when loses a disk, for what I’ve seen.

Actually the StorCenter did the job that was made for, Redundancy it was his name.

May be your case.

When a disk fail (in this case are 4 disks in RAID 5), stop the device, pull out the “decayed tooth” and start the NAS. Let it about 24 hour, without trying any. Don’t connect External Disk, don’t try reach it by HTTP nor by SSH nor CIFS/AFP/NSF, or anything else. Leave it be. After those hours, do a scan in the LAN or look in the IP Released in the DHCP Server. You will find that the NAS has requested a dynamic IP Address. Reach for that IP Address and you’ll have all the data at your hands.

Yes, there is no engineering in this way, but it might save you some money or your ass.

You better….

As quickly as you can find and grab a new disk to replace the missing one. Be sure that it has the same amount of space in order to work well in your environment.

Best of luck!

 

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My Linux Encounter

In 2001, while I was in Automatica University, I have met someone/something. It’s name was BSD, FreeBSD. It was very showing off, and all nine yards, but me! me I was stoned, did not knew what and how to do, to “get in touch” with it. Then after a while some Debian came across me, and said “Hi!”. I was the same, stupid stoned! While I learn how to deal with Cisco devices in the University, I started to meet more often with this Debian, with FreeBSD, Red Hat and some more of them friends, Slackware, Mandrake, and some others.
After graduation I had to leave them behind a while. After all I was working for a company which was dedicated to Ms products, and UNIX based was forbidden for a show up.
2004. I heard of a Debian based Linux distribution is trying to make into the Linux community, and to come with long term Linux Development. I was curious, so Warty Warthog was a love at first sight. Not that I didn’t try any other kinds of Linux! There was for PC/Servers troubleshooting Knoppix/Gnoppix one of my favorite and many others. But this Warty Warthog, which is the first Ubuntu version [4.10], bewitch me with its simplicity, and started to use it, abuse it and love it :) .
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Since then I managed to make network infrastructures based upon Ubuntu, and they work just fine. Yes they are more flexible, easy to manage, easy to deploy, easy to migrate more than other commercial solutions. This is not a Commercial, this is just fact.

And yes I do contribute to the Ubuntu Community as long as I have time and knowledge. And, Yes! it’s marvelous to know you CAN make a difference, even if it is a small one.
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A sunny day!

It’s a sunny day, so, let’s pedal! ;)

After about 3 hours of bike pedaling, any one would have want a brake, so that’s what we did.
I know that no one would be surprised, but the park was fool of kids with bike, skateboards ore roller blades. Beautiful dough!

So have a look how a kid look like when is tired :D

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Here is the Ubuntu CDB for Precise Pangolin.

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The first Post. Not ever!


I have no idea how should The First post should look like.
So I’m just laying some thoughts.

I have never had time to administer a blog. Why? Cause I didn’t thought it will ever be needed. So, now I need it, and have to create it.

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