My ageing Olive 4, still functioning though, protested these days and refused to play music. Damn! It has had a long time without me touching it, and my first suspicion went to the hard disk in it, so, I opened the unit, checked all partitions except the first (by the way, all partitions are formatted in Ext3), and tried again. Alas, no solace.
Time to replace the hard disk, I thought. Especially after I had re-attached all internal connectors, which did not help either.
So, I ordered another 2TB disk. But before it came, my Olive decided to give up on its resistance, and began playing again. Sorry, that I have no clue why, it just happened.
But of course, the new disk on the block arrived, and wanted attention too. I thought it wise to make it ready for taking over, once my Olive gave up again. But no hurry, no stress. I have a bunch of recovery cd's, but not all of them are good. One with 4.14 on it, that never ends without a failure, but it creates the first partition, and one of the two system partitions, and that suffices. My backup disks have all the nice system partitions plus all the music, so, I copied the system partitions the new disk.
No luck though. A message told me that he "Could not connect to host 127.0.0.1 (port 8163)"
What the heck?
To make a long story short, it teached me that my 'backup' partitions were no good. After copying them from my work-Olive to the backup disk, and from that to the new disk, did the trick. Now it starts up nicely, albeit with no data on it.
In the mean time I learned that two newly burned recovery-cd's gave errors in the burning process, and indeed could not be used for recovery. As a matter of fact, the factory provided recovery disk with version O3.2.1 (verrrrrrry old) was just right.
My idea is and was, to have two backup disks, both with a functioning Olive 4.1.9 on them, both with all the data on them. When needed I could replace a malfunctioning disk with the backup disk, and have a functioning Olive 4 back. But that strange message about host 127.0.0.1 learned me otherwise. Now I have a better backup disk, but the other one has to be tested too, and I still have the long long winding road of copying the data to go. And getting a disk to work without a recovery CD, that would be rather nice, but is still not possible. That damn rotten first partition is the culprit.