Thursday, August 20, 2009


Today I got my RMA'd WD 1TB drive (the one I bought from craigslist is this strange unheard of Canadian model which only has 8mb cache and 5400rpm and it was broken... typical... Canadian...).

I've been using a Caviar Black, which sits at work, as my backup drive. Now I want to use the Black at home (replacing all 4 of my other drives) and take the Green to work.

The Black, however, is currently HFS+ Case-Sensitive formatted (ugh... try doing backups from Linux with case-insensitive... or don't).

I want the Green to be the same setup as the Black, but instead of using the good ol' fashioned way, I want to go through the pain of setting up a GPT partition and using the linux hfs tools.
dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc bs=4M

So what's the first thing I do? I copy the partition table! I don't know what the size of a gpt table is, but I figure a meg will do it.
dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc bs=1M count=1

Then I fire up cfdisk, which promptly declines to inspect the current gpt map.
I wanted to run gparted, but since my tablet runs XP (don't tell my friends) I had to install Xming-mesa first and turn on X11 forwarding in putty.

Oh, I guess I should mention that I'm storing all of my files on a headless server and I'll be replacing my primary desktop with this new (craigslist) tablet.
sudo apt-get install gparted hfsutils hfsplus hfsprogs
sudo gparted

Surprise! I can't use hfs+ because I don't have the right version of gparted. It turns out that my headless server isn't as up-to-date as I thought. Now I'm trying to figure out the name of the sources manager. So I find a screenshot on google and then decide to find the command by greping through all desktop files.

locate -i .desktop | while read FILE; do grep -H 'Software Sources' "`echo $FILE`" ; done
sudo software-properties-gtk
#sudo do-release-upgrade
dd if=/dev/sdb1 of=/dev/sdc1 bs=1M
sudo shutdown -r now

Well, an hour and a half is more than I want to dedicate to this right now, so I just do it from the commandline. Since I used dd rather than some sort of tool that can partition properly I have to restart for the kernel to re-read the drive. And, of course, I unplug the drive to be copied and double check which drive is which before doing anything drastic. I unplug it because when I was testing some things I copied the whole file table of the second partition and hence it thinks it has all of the files, but actually it just has the location of a bunch of zeros named as files.

mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt/black
sudo mkfs.hfsplus -s -v backup /dev/sdc2
mount /dev/sdc2 /mnt/green
rsync -avh /mnt/black/* /mnt/green/

Now that she's initialized, case-sensitive (-s), named (-v), and mounted, I copy everything over.

Well, it wasn't that much fun after all...

Next day:
A few files and folders couldn't be copied, some due to the utfmac problem (I have a music folder with Japanese characters in the name), others I don't know why so I left Green at home and took Black to work

First of all, being weary of any accidents, I run Apple's Disk Utility First Aid and Repair the disk.

diskutil list /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *931.5 Gi disk2 1: EFI 200.0 Mi disk2s1 2: Apple_HFS Backup 931.2 Gi disk2s2 sudo diskutil enableJournal disk2s2 sudo diskutil disableJournal disk2s2

Then for fun, I run Disk Utility again now that the journal is turned off.
But I have to reenable it to resize the partition
sudo diskutil enableJournal disk2s2 HHPS-PROG6:~ hhpsprogramer$ sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk2s2 limits For device disk2s2 AJ_ONeal: Current size: 999860912128 bytes Minimum size: 575023239168 bytes Maximum size: 999860912128 bytes HHPS-PROG6:~ hhpsprogramer$ sudo diskutil resizeVolume disk2s2 450TB sudo diskutil disableJournal disk2s2

Then for fun, I run Disk Utility again now that the journal is turned off.


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