View Full Version : [all variants] Preparation/protection for unexpected power outages

September 22nd, 2008, 07:39 PM
In our small home office, my wife and I are working off a PC and a Mac. Our Linux box is going to be used as a file server, running two drives in RAID(1).

Iíd like to protect against data loss/corruption if power goes out when weíre not around to shut things down manually. Right now itís plugged into the same UPS as the Winbox, but the UPS (an APC BX-1000) will only communicate with one device at a time, and their software doesnít work with Linux (per APC tech support).

Is there a software solution? That is, can I park(?) or put the drives to sleep(?) on an idle-for-longer-than basis so that an unexpected powering down canít cause any data loss or corruption? Remember, itís on a UPS now, so brief power outages wonít matter, just those where we arenít around to shut things down manually. The only software actively running on the Linux box will be backup software in the background and sending files over the LAN at night.

If there is no technological solution, is there an inexpensive UPS that will gracefully shut down Linux? Other than the drives, there are no peripherals attached (no monitor, cards, etc.,) and itís just a 350-Watt power supply.



September 22nd, 2008, 08:04 PM
get a UPS for the server and get a UPS that will power down the computer...