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Woohoo, success!

CreepTyrant

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Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:39 pm
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Well I finally got my sg20 straight with the 2.6 build install.
Ordered a 2.5" USB drive enclosure that let's put a laptop HDD in it and just plug it into any computer witha USB port and it picks up the HDD just like those flash memory sticks do.
Anyway, with that, I was able to use R-linux to recover the lost files on the 2nd disk, and flash the 2.6 image to the primary.
Now a whole lot of those modules I was trying to get working are working just fine, and I have been able to install quite a nukmber of other modules without running into all those dependency issues, I just make sure I try and find the modules that were suited for RH 7.3.
So my only issues left to resolve now is forwarding ports so the VPN will work properly, I'm currently studying a long document on that issue, it contains numerous scripts and such with a lot of technical explanation, hopefully I'll understand more about how it all works when I'm done.
FTP now works, so thats really nice.
I also need ot figure out why Usermin accounts are not giving ANY users access to ANY modules even though I have the modules selcted and and everything, but that's probably just something I've overlooked.
The nice thing about the USB enclosure is that more than once I have been given a laptop with a broken screen, or something so defunct the thing just can't be reasonably fixed, so they collect dust. Now I can yank out those laptop HDD's (as long as they work) and I have multiple removable mass storage devices, so far I dug out 2 4 GB HDD from old Pentium II laptops. Also, it was nice not having to dig into my case and unplug any cables to connect the smaller HDD so I could use trueimage to flash the 2.6 build, instead the little box just sat on my desktop and I did what I needed, popped the drive back into the sg20, and booted right up without any trouble.
All in all I must say I am very pleased, I really appreciate the advice from this site and numerous others during this learning process.

Don't take life too seriously......it's not permanent.

AnOldMan

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Mon Jan 23, 2006 9:55 pm
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I've never tried Acronis with a USB drive before... 'course I'm still using v6.0!! I have removable drive trays on my primary IDE controller of one of my computers. Works great for multiple-OS boot too!
Now I've GOT to try Acronis with USB. The biggest pain with trays is they're not hot-swappable with a standard controller.
Good Luck! Remember: you can submit articles for anything you've learned and would like to share. I'm currently working on: SG30 image, Jabber, MSN Messenger firewall rules (can't currently send peeps files).

CreepTyrant

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Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:40 am
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I still don't completely understand the firewall rules, so I haven't messed with any yet.
I know the type of bays you mean for the drives, I have two of the same kind of bays, but as you said, they are not hot-swappable so I have to shut the system down to take a drive out or put a drive in. Also I run across the occasional drive that just simply refuses to cooperate with the drives I have installed inside the system, no matter if I set master, slave or cable select or any combination. That happens pretty rarely, and usually it's only with older seagates and IBM deskstars. This may be some confilct with my Raid 0 configuration, but not a big deal really.
You gotta get one of these USB enclosures, this thing is so incredibly handy it's crazy, and it works with USB 1.0 OR 2.0, though on USB 1.0 the transfer speed is drastically slower (12Kbps), on 2.0 (480kbps) you'd barely notice any difference over a normal UDMA 66 hard drive which isn't really bad for something so portable and easy use, AND it is 100% Hot Swappable since it is USB. Sure it's no RAID 0 or 15,000 rpm SCSI, but it's still very nice. The only complaint I had with it is that it does not like several computers' front USB ports, or ports on the back if they are on a card (the extra ports that usually come with motherboards that are on a small plate and you wire them to the USB header on the board). On those computers I have to make sure I plug into a USB port that is directly a part of the motherboard, which is a pretty minor complaint I think, but still it is curious to note that apparently somehow the USB ports are not all the same.

Don't take life too seriously......it's not permanent.

AnOldMan

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Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:34 am
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The front-port thing is likely due to the extra hub layer.
I tried my external USB2.0 enclosure tonight to image my SG30 drive. Didn't work. The version of trueimage I have installed could not see the volume since it wasn't mounted. To write TO a drive it would probably work, since the drive isn't UNIX yet, I don't know. I also worry that XP will decide to write a system volume information block on the drive and screw the filesystem.

CreepTyrant

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Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:29 pm
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Hmm, thats odd, I used mine and then launched Trueimage (the free trial version) and Trueimage saw the drive no problem, I burned the image from the .tib file I downloaded, put it back into the Magnia and haven't had a problem with it.
Maybe it is something in the way your USB enclosure is being interpreted by your system, maybe it has a different type of ROM in the enclosure that is doing something different than mine is, I don't really know for sure. I did notice one thing though, if the drive I put into the enclosure is partitioned, for some reason the second partition will not show up in explorer, but rather the Samba shared folder (K: onmy computer) becomes that second partition and I can't access the real Samba folder, It wasn;t a big deal to me since the drive got totally re-written anywa, but it's definitely a bit curious.
What brand USB enclosure did you get?
Mine is a Rosewill RX20-U2 BLACK 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure, I ordered it from Newegg.com for $24.

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