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Comments on 2006-06-15 My PC got fried

Maybe you could use a PPC Live-CD (from Ubuntu, for example), which can read/write both ext2/3 drives and the native Mac drives. Note: I’ve never tried writing to a native Mac drive from GNU/Linux, so I’m not sure whether it’s supported. Can’t hurt to try though.

MichaelOlson 2006-06-16 13:56 UTC


Yeah, I tried to use my Kubuntu Live CD to do just that but failed. The Linux machine wouldn’t mount the external drives.

Anyway, I think I managed to rescue all the data now! There’s just two months of pictures in 2003 that are still lost, but I have them on DVD in the office somewhere. At least I hope I do. :)

AlexSchroeder 2006-06-16 20:53 UTC


I never had luck mounting ext2/3 partitions on my Mac, so all my data exchange goes over an external Firewire/USB drive formatted with FAT32 (brrr).

You definitely should think about upgrading to 1GB of RAM – it’s worth the money. And BTW: 512 _kilo_byte don’t seem to be enough RAM ;)

Jean Pierre 2006-06-24 17:18 UTC


Hah, you are so right. 512KB? What was I thinking – even our old 286 had more RAM than that! :) It had 1MB, but the memory above 640KB could only be used via a special himem.sys file or something like that…

As for FAT32 – is that the same as VFAT? If so, the 2GB filesize limit has been getting on my nerves a lot lately. I hadn’t realized that at least two of my ISO images have been truncated due to that fact (because I had not understood and therefore ignored the error messages at the time).

AlexSchroeder 2006-06-24 17:42 UTC


Yes, vfat and FAT32 are the same thing.

I also sometimes run into the 2GB limit, mostly when I record some TV shows with my dBox2 and want to cut the ads out, burning the film afterwards on DVD (unfortunately I ordered my PowerBook without a DVD burner).

It’s a pity that Mac OS does not support other file systems than HFS/HFSplus/UFS/vfat natively. Hopefully we’ll have more luck with ZFS in future versions of Linux and OS X.

Jean Pierre 2006-06-24 21:17 UTC


ًWell, for the moment I’m using HFS+ for most of the things. There are enough problems for a guy like in this environment: Case: The system knows that Abba is not ABBA but you cannot have both Abba and ABBA in the same directory. Plus it uses UTF-8 NFD instead of UTF-8 NFC as is the standard on the web. Thus if you take bytes encoding a filename from the web and create the file, or if you go the other way, everything depends on your libraries. I’ve had a problem where I stored an index of such files somewhere, and there the name was encoded in NFC and thus I was never able to open the proper files again. Except for ASCII files. :)

This means that I don’t really like to use HFS+ on a Linux system.

At the same time, the ext2fs stuff is so brittle on the Mac.

There’s no easy way out.

AlexSchroeder 2006-06-24 21:43 UTC


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