geli recovery

Alaksiej C ac at
Thu Jan 21 15:58:30 UTC 2010

Actually, I you can do whatever you want to do with this _empty_ disk.
If you have no metadata backup then there's no data, just rubbish.

I advice you to either partition your drive before recreation of geli
container or to put fake MBR. It will protect you from those
motherboards, which creates HPA.

On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM, BSD Life <bsd4life at> wrote:
> 2010/1/21 Alaksiej C <ac at>
>> Generally, yes, "geli restore" would save you. Of course, BIOS
>> firmware could take enough space to harm not only metadata, but some
>> data also, but not much.
>> As Ivan Voras mentioned, geli in FreeBSD8 does metadata backup
>> automatically by default, so check your /var/backups/
>  I think it was initialized with 7.0 or stable between 7.0 and 7.1,
> /var/backup is empty.
> And Ivan, do you mean i should reinit it?
> Thanks for your help
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