On 2012-08-12 20:34:43 +0000, Jaimie Vandenbergh
Post by Jaimie Vandenbergh
I don't have filesystem/disk problems often enough to see error panels
much these days!
I'm having bucket loads of them at the moment. I am going through the
entirely unenviable process of copying everything off my Drobo,
reformatting, then copying things back on again (damn both Time Machine
for having different local and network attached formats and also a rare
black mark from me to Drobo for not supporting non-destructive
repartitioning). I'm copying 2.8Tb around - it's the reason I've been
at the computer and posting a lot at the moment, because I'm overseeing
this particular bundle of joy.
I've had device hassles - see the 'nuke a badly behaved disk' thread.
I've had lots and lots of USB oddness from both the iMac and the
(powered) Kensington hub I use - I think I'm simply overloading it
somehow by asking it to do its job and shift a sustained 500Gb-a-shot
copy through it. Many, many failures of disk enclosures, I've had one
500Gb disk conk out and die in the middle of it, I've had Disk Utility
bugs where it never understood it had successfully deleted a partition
and needed to be force-quit…
You'd think the job would be simple, but it really really hasn't been.
The one upside is actually the Drobo - the lack of dynamic partitioning
has been annoying, but the device itself has performed without a single
hiccup all the way through this. I wonder if I would be saying the same
had I hooked it up via USB? I don't really trust the iMac and USB disks
Flaming Time Machine and its daft network'isms. The whole reason for
this is that I had a 1Tb partition for Time Machine - fine when I had a
500Gb drive, useless with a 1Tb drive. I'm now going have just a single
partition and use the trick to force sparesbundle use even when
attached locally. There are disadvantages to that approach, but the
advantage of backup portability far, far outweighs them.
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