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 Post subject: Incompatible hard drive?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:11 am 
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Got another LS yesterday (was a brand new 160GB and nice and cheap) which I was always going to disk upgrade as I have upgraded both my PPC based LS1 (from 120GB Western Dig to 400GB Samsung Spinpoint) and my LS-Pro (320 Seagate Barracuda to 750GB barracuda) with no problems using the ghost method.
I had a 400GB Hitachi Deskstar so I though I would just chuck that in but after the ghost clone (including the expansion of the data partition) when powered on it starts up, spins the drive up and then just powers off flashing the red led 6 times. The disk is fine (it had a full format a week ago and was fine and would have errored on the clone if there was an issue). So I think it is not compatible with the LS (MIPS) has anyone else had this experience?
I have got another Samsung 400GB but will have to back it up before I can try it.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:37 am 
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Just taken another image of the original disk Ghost said that it hadn't been properly dismounted (didn;t happen the first time???) but it ran through fine. Going to leave it today to restore and expand the image and expand the data partition and try again tonight.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:33 am 
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Six flashes can usually be 'cured' unplugging the drive, letting it sit for a few minutes (other say, over night).

If I were you, I would probably put in a blank(!) HDD, flash twice (1st time will fail which is OK), put the old HDD into some USB enclosure or both into a PC, and use "rsync -a" the data onto the new drive.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:10 pm 
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Did Ghost copy the partitions okay? The LS has a unique superblock ID which is not registered by copiers unless a proper bit copy of the drive is performed.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:11 pm 
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Ghost confirmed an image was successfully taken and TBH the system shutdown after about 15 seconds. I am trying a Samsung spinpoint drive in it now (I used this type of drive in my PPC LS1 successfully) to see if it likes that.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 3:55 am 
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This cloning will work if it is done properly... by properly, I mean to say that one successful way is using the dd command in linux. Googling "dd clone linux" will dredge up lots of hits. I've done this on my Ubuntu box and on my FreeLink box (HG).

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:30 am 
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Samsung disk is now finished, fitted and the system is up and working (using the original image), so my conclusion is that the Hitachi Deskstar is incompatible. I think it must have a higher power draw than the spinpoint. Incidentally none of my linkstations have been fitted with Deskstar disks as standard.

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