[Update] It looks like this only really applies to USB flash drives. When I mounted my actual backup drive, it showed up in prtpart. This post was written using the root drive on my old backup server, which is a SanDisk Cruzer flash drive. Now that I finally got my mini thumper up and online, it’s time pull everything from my previous backup drive. The problem is that it’s a USB drive with an ext3 partition on it.
After basically copying my friend’s exact specifications, I now have a little server at home with 1.5T of mirrored disk space. By and large it was a straightforward process, with the following interesting tidbits. Most of the assembly went smoothly. You do have to pull the motherboard out to get the CF drive into its slot. In order to maneuver it out, you have to unclip the SATA cables and unscrew the VGA connector.