@thegibson Small business customer in a remote site, 15 years ago. Had a linux server driving their network for email and filestore. RAID card failed, and no replacement cards were available, so we loaned them a spare box & copied from the one working drive. All good so far ...
Then a few weeks later we got the replacement card, so the old server was reinstalled & I took it to them (a 4 hour drive, the company's owner took me there).
In a small cramped space, set up the new server, and ran an rsync from the old one to copy the last few weeks data across.
It ran really fast.
Really really fast.
And didn't list any files ...
Because there weren't any.
I'd sync'd the new blank machine onto the old "full of customer data" one.
There were no backups of course, because the customer didn't have a backup facility, they had RAID cards ...
The owner drove me back home that evening, another 4 hours. It felt much much longer ...
@lightweight might know if I was ever forgiven ... I was working for him at the time, it was his customer ...

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