srst failed errno 16

I booted up an Ubuntu machine and got this “srst failed errno 16″ error today.  There was no raided harddrive, so I thought I was doomed.  The machine was very quiet, checkdisk never finished, and I was starting to worry I’d never get my data back. It did allow me to go into recovery mode when booting Ubuntu, so I knew my data was at least obtainable.  I still couldn’t boot normally though, so something had to be done....

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Adding a second hard drive in Ubuntu

Adding a second hard drive in Ubuntu

Adding drives in Ubuntu is fairly straightforward. When you install them, Ubuntu assigns them an sdX identifier, where X is a,b,c, etc. depending on how many drives you have installed. These instructions work with whatever number harddrive you’re installing, just change the b to whatever letter Ubuntu has assigned your new drive.             Steps: Find out what your new drive is assigned. You’ll see a...

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Ubuntu disk space issues with virtual files

I recently had an issue over Thanksgiving with a server running out of disk space. I was fairly perplexed because it had 30 gigs free on the primary drive. All of the data was stored on a separate disk, so the only thing that should have been creating files was the operating system. It turns out the issue was with a php script that wasn’t finishing. It was just sitting there looping. Now on paper, the machine should have run out memory and...

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SCSI Raid 1, 5 and 0 configuration modification.

So I had a server that I had a raid 1 configuration and a raid 5 configuration running at the same time. I couldn’t figure out in the bios how to remove the raid 5 configuration so I could rebuild it as a different configuration. So I took a leap of faith and removed both configurations, which was the “Clear” option I could find. I put 4 new harddrives into a raid 0 configuration and then reselected the original 2 drives...

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Installing a game to your Xbox 360

So my Halo Reach disk got scratched. I won’t mention why or who, but I could load the game, get into matchmaking, then I would fail to load every single map. I tried custom games and it wouldn’t load any maps either. I went back to Halo 3 with my normal Halo partner, who thankfully was willing to compromise, but it just wasn’t the same. The dynamics are noticeably different now and we found ourselves playing the same people...

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