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Need Help to recover files backed up by slug

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by badassz34, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. badassz34

    badassz34 LI Guru Member

    Ok, here's the setup:
    I have an NSLU2 running stock fw, with two usb hdd's hooked up. I have set the slug to automatically backup drive 1 to drive 2. I use windows machines.

    So now for the problem:
    I accidentally deleted some files (well, iTunes did it. I was really just trying to delete duplicates, but I found the hidden poison in letting iTunes group things as compilations- they can show up twice, but delete one, and they both dissappear)
    Anyways, since disk 2 is in use by the slug and therefore not accessible by users, how in the hell do I restore data from disk 2 back to disk 1, or to anywhere, for that matter?

    What I've tried:
    I moved disk 2 to a pc that can accomodate the ext2/3 filesystems. While it see's the drive, it's only seeing a 118MB portion (of 320 GB), which doesn't contain anything recognizable to me. The folders are 'lost+found', upgrade, temp, and others; certainly not the file structure that is saved elsewhere on the disk, such as the other ext partition(s) that are used by the slug for storing the backup.

    My question is: how the heck do I recover the lost data?

    Geez, thanks all for your help. I was able to find a method. Tried a different program than the first one I tried using to view the ext-formatted disk in windows. My data was recovered, although it was somewhat painful sorting thru the tons of data to get rid of duplicates BEFORE iTunes could see them.


    Update to the update.... After perusing posts here and elsewhere about NSLU2, EFG80, and the NAS200 I figured they must operate in very similar ways. Betting on this generalization I decided to use processes discussed for the EFG80 and NAS200. It works! w00t w00t!!11!1!

    EASY SLUG RECOVERY METHOD
    This really only applies if the backup routine hasn't run since you trashed your slugs's disk1. If it has run then you're pretty much flapping. However, if your backup hasn't been trashed, just swap drives between disk1 and disk2. On boot it will look for your shares and config on disk1 (the newly-assigned disk1, that is) and your shares will all be there. Worked perfectly for me.

    EASY DISK UPGRADE METHOD
    This is the correct procedure for upgrading/replacing disk1 drive when you use the disk1>disk2 backup routine. By bumping disk2 down to disk1 and installing the new drive as disk2, as in the recovery method above, all your shares will remain intact, and all you'll have to do is format the new disk2 and set up the backup routine again. However, if it's disk2 that's failed or is getting upgraded, all you need to do is replace disk2 and follow up with setting up the new disk (format, setup backup routine).

    Happy Motoring,
    J
     

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