General :: Can Switching File Systems Affect Email Backups And Other Data?

Nov 27, 2010

A while back I installed Dreamlinux 3.5 Gnome edition using ext2. When I attempted to use the email address books I imported from the Dreamlinux3.5 XFCE edition, which had been ext3, I discovered that none of the email addresses could be mailed to. I had to manually type in the addresses.

When I reinstalled Dreamlinux 3.5 Gnome using ext3, the same backup files that did not work in ext2 now work just fine. The question is, was this a "broken data" problem caused by the switch to ext2 file system or something else? Has anyone else experienced this?

The mail program is Thunderbird.

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I'm currently backupping our home data (pictures, videos, our CDs ripped to FLAC which I spent a lot of time to tag accurately ), totalling almost 300 Gb, on 2 external USB drives, one of which is meant to stay at a friend's. I left the factory msdos filesystem as it was, thinking it could be useful to be able to connect the drives to a windows machine with no problems. It's certainly useful to have źnormal╗ data that I can take with me e.g. when visiting my family.

I'm simply using rsync manually, checking for suspicious changed or deleted file before commiting the change. I do that every 2 weeks or so.

Now I want to add a file integrity management to my backupping scheme: I want to be able to check that new data I'll be committing has not been tampered with (integrity check before updating tags on my main drive), and I want to be able to check that backupped data is still sane on my USB drives, especially if I need to recover from data corruption on my main drive.

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So, I feel I'm missing something. It looks to me I'm trying to solve a very common problem, how do people do it?

Did I miss a file integrity software that works with backups?

Is there a trick like using a symbolic link pointing to whatever file hierarchy I want to check, and have tripware/afick/... monitor that link?

Should I run a more elaborate backupping system than plain rsync? Which one? (Storebackup for instance looks promising since it involves md5 sums, but it's targetting a completely different problem, and I'm not sure I can use it at all for what I need.)

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