Friday, January 29, 2010

Rainy Day Outage (Update Three)

Not a lot of new news.

We got a new motherboard for the system, and have installed it.... but it's not working.  Which leads us to believe that its actually the powersupply thats shot.  We're on the hunt for a compatible powersupply locally, but its probably not worth pouring more money into this box, so we're working on Plan B, which is to get the 3ware RAID controller installed in another system and get the data off the drives.  This is complicated by the fact that we need to connect eight drives at a time and that the controller is PCI-X, a no-longer popular form factor.

If anyone in the Los Angeles area happens to have an idle server we could borrow for a few days with a PCI-X motherboard and at least 8 PATA bays, we'd love to hear from you.  Drop us a line to webmaster at

(We're trying to avoid Plan C, which involves taking images of all the drives one at a time and then gluing them together.)

We've initiated a plan to get up and running again ASAP, and are dedicated to getting the (and other) data off these drives. 


  1. And I take it that was on this box, as well? (It's not working... I was trying to get to the Beginning Perl book.)

  2. csjewell: Correct. On the same box.

  3. Maybe I don't understand the situation correctly, but if the only thing that you need is a power supply that can provide power to 8 drives + mobo then you might be able to use two ATX power supplies with a device like this:
    It's made by Cooler Master and it came with my CM Stacker. It's basically just an ATX male connector with pins 16-17 plugged to pins 16-17 of another ATX male connector. I'm not using it, I could send it to you if you want to try it out.