On 24.07.2009 20:53, Christian Kujau wrote:
> On Fri, 24 Jul 2009 at 15:13, Sean Elble wrote:
> > Yeah, that's probably what I'll do then. I figure the disk will thrash for
> > a while during the search for a string in /etc/shadow, but hopefully it'll
> Instead of working on the (old, slow) disk, you could just work on the
> backup (located on faster disk, I presume), maybe even set up a
> blockdevice for it:
> # losetup -r /dev/loop0 /path/to/IRIXbackup
> # hexedit /dev/loop0 ...or whatever tool you'll be using.
Which has what advantage over directly changing the image?
And the old disc may be slow, but the relative speed (Speed in relation
to total capacity) is much better than modern discs. IOW it only takes
minutes to read/write it completly.
Some month ago i backed up some old HDDs (biggest was 4GB), it nearly
took longer to switch on/off the computer and change the HDDs, than the
actual time to copy the HDDs.
Even with just 10MB/s it's less than 4 Minutes for 2GB.
In comparison it takes over 3 hours to copy a modern 1TB HDD @ 80MB/s.
Real Programmers consider "what you see is what you get" to be just as
bad a concept in Text Editors as it is in women. No, the Real Programmer
wants a "you asked for it, you got it" text editor -- complicated,
cryptic, powerful, unforgiving, dangerous.