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Old 12-01-2005, 12:14 AM   #1 (Print)
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Partion Magic, mfsbackup, ntfs, linux

I would like to mfsbackup a Series 2 Standalone drive to my primary (and only) desktop hard drive - which is mostly ntfs. I have created a 4GB fat32 partion (via partion magic) just for this event. Following Hinsdale method, I will run fdisk -l to identify the fat32 partition.

My concern is this step:
mkdir /mnt/dos
mount /dev/hdax /mnt/dos

Knowing very little about linux, it looks to me like you are creating the "mnt/dos" file on your hardrive, and then "moving" it to the fat32 partiton. I worry that mkdir will wreak havoc on the rest of my (ntfs) hard drive.

Am I being a ninny, or am I about to do something tragic?

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Old 12-01-2005, 01:00 AM   #2 (Print)
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BY default the Linux distribution you're booting from on CD has created a file system in memory. You're creating a directory within that memory-based filesystem called "/mnt/dos" and then you're linking it to the file system contained in the partition "/dev/hdaX" (hard drive device a, partition X).

I don't believe these CD's usually contain anything that can understand NTFS so if you try to mount an NTFS partition it should give you an error saying it doesn't understand the file system.

Put a file in the FAT32 partition so you'll recognize it once you mount it successfully.
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Old 12-01-2005, 11:22 AM   #3 (Print)
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The file system is in a RAM drive, the Linux on the CDR doesn't touch the HDD file system, unless you tell it to, which you do by mounting the HDD partition to a mount point in the Linux filesystem.
NTFS can be mounted, but only as read only.

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Old 12-02-2005, 10:24 PM   #4 (Print)
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mfsbackup: Backup failed to startup

At this point, Doug and C-cat, I had hoped to thank you for quick reponses and report that the backup had gone well. As you can see from the title of this post that is not the case.

The rest of the error message:

Make sure you specified the right devices, and that the drives are not locked

is where the wheels really came off the wagon. Short story: I have a perma-locked maxtor drive - qunlock - what was I thinking!!!!!!

Once I get a new hard drive (assuming no new breathrough solutions to the "qunlock problem") and the tcd24004a is up and running w/ 7.2.1.oth, I would like to have another go at this.

What else could the issue be, that prevents mfsbackup from starting, other than a locked tivo drive?

I am using the ptv $5 lba48 cd ver. 4.01DD. At the bash, fdisk -l shows for /dev/hda6 (which is where I was mounting): Id = b; System = Win95 FAT32. And: Disk /dev/hdc doesn't contain a valid partiion table.

The PTV LBA disk partition check shows:
hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 hda4 < hda 5 hda6 >
hdc: [mac] hdc1 hdc2....etc....hdc13

Thanks in advance.

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Old 12-13-2005, 01:09 PM   #5 (Print)
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Not that anyone is losing sleep over this one, but I'll wrap up this thread.

Thanks guys for the linux lessons. Here's what was acccomplished:
- Partion Magic - created 4gig fat32 partition on winxppro hd
- PTVlba48 cd - had backup/restore problems with tcd24xxx image. may have been user error, but perhaps not - Tcd24xxx is not listed in product info as one of the supported devices. Other lba48cd functions worked great, however.
- MFSTools 2.0 - restored and backed up tcd24xxx image (on 40 gig hd)

Hacking is ongoing........

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