"so, how did you try to make the backup with "dd" then? and how did your
/etc/fstab work at all, if the device is not present?"
There are 2 drives in this box, /dev/hdb and /dev/hdd. The device
/dev/hdd is the drive that is crashing. Device /dev/hdb has a
partition on it, /dev/hdb4 that was the initial LVM (VGforMyth/video)
and all of /dev/hdd was then included in the LVM when it was added to
F.Y.I. - I do get an error when the system is booting I believe it
says "error in fstab line 9" or something to that effect when booting
As far as running "dd" on it, I simply added the new hard drive (200
gig) as device /dev/hda and booted up the system. I get a warning from
S.M.A.R.T about backing up the drive then then I boot into "init 1"
and run "dd" #dd_rescue /dev/VGforMyth/video /dev/hdc and off it goes
until I get an error about 3 hrs. later that it ran out of space on
the new drive.
Now as I'm thinking about would "dd" think it's running out of space
because it is using both drives that were in the LVM not just the
drive that crashing? That would certainly be more than 200 gig.
"what is /dev/hdb4?"
As noted above /dev/hdb4 is the other part of the LVM.
"please don't use "auto" for known filesystems. if it is "Ext3" filesystem,
I will make change to the fstab as soon as I know for sure what type
of filesystem it contains.