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How to use a Blonde Guy Recovery DVD

ArcaOS version

This version of the essay is for Blonde Guy computers with ArcaOS.

Use the following link to How to use an eComStation-based Blonde Guy recovery DVD.

This page describes how to use a Blonde Guy recovery DVD. The purpose of the recovery DVD is to restore the original ArcaOS installation to a computer as supplied by Blonde Guy. These instructions apply also to the Blonde Guy recovery USB stick.

The recovery DVD is bootable. If you have no bootable volumes, for example if you have a new hard disk, then the recovery DVD is the easiest way to restore ArcaOS.

Preparing the volume for installation

Blonde Guy ArcaOS computers come with one of two disk configurations. The first factory configuration has three volumes, ArcaOS, Programs and Data. The second configuration has only one. The backup and restore programs can work with either configuration.

Multi Volume configuration

Volume NameDisk FormatDrive LetterVolume Size
ArcaOS-Q JFS Q:20,000 MB
Data JFS D:whatever is left
Programs JFS E:20,000 MB

Single Volume configuration

Volume NameDisk FormatDrive LetterVolume Size
ArcaOS-F JFS F:20,000 MB

Booting the Recovery DVD


To install the system using the Recovery DVD, the computer is booted to the DVD, and the user will create the disk volumes and install boot manager. All of the volumes must be formatted JFS. The recovery DVD has a zip archive for each volume. After each archive is unzipped to the corresponding volume, the computer is restored.

First Screen - Boot from DVD (or USB stick)

First Screen - Boot from DVD

On the first screen, select Boot from DVD. This selection must be made in twenty seconds or the computer will attempt to boot from the hard drive.

Second Screen - Boot with Default values

Second Screen - Boot with Default values

On the second screen, take the option to boot with default values. The system will display the ArcaOS logo, then some information about ACPI, and eventually should show the Blonde Guy recovery DVD screen.

Blonde Guy Recovery Screen

Blonde Guy Recovery Screen

On the Blonde Guy recovery Screen, select System Management. The other options would allow you to do a new ArcaOS install.

Partitioning the hard drive using mini-LVM

This guide will assume that you are starting with a blank hard drive. If your hard drive already contains data, like a Windows operating system, for example, you may not be able to install ArcaOS.

Boot the Recovery DVD and run mini-LVM using the (Disk:Manage Volumes (Graphical)) menu. You should be able to see your hard drive. If not, do not proceed, something is wrong with either the hard drive or with the hard drive support on the Recovery DVD. Check to see the expected space on the hard drive. If the space looks wrong, then the drive geometry may be wrong. Fix any hard drive problems before continuing.

mini-LVM screen shot

Name the hard drive. Use the System:Rename disk... menu to name your hard drive. Choose a name that will uniquely identify this hard drive. Save the changes. You should not see an error at this point. If you do, something is wrong with the computer, or the hard drive, or the hard drive support on the Recovery DVD.

Create each new volume in one of the tables above. To create a volume, first select the free space the volume will occupy. Use the Volume:Create new... menu. The first page of the Create Volume dialog will appear. For the ArcaOS volume, select a bootable volume type. For Programs and Data, select an advanced volume type.

first page of Create Volume dialog

On the second page of the Create Volume dialog, select the name and enter the volume name from the table above.

second page of Create Volume dialog

On the third page of the Create Volume dialog, enter the size of the volume to be created from the table above. Each volume you create will be a logical volume. It does not matter if you create volumes at the beginning or the end of free space.

third page of Create Volume dialog

After creating all the volumes, save the changes you have made. No error message should appear.

Boot Manager

The boot manager will be installed to the master boot record of the hard drive. To install the boot manager, use the System:Install Boot Menu:Install/Update menu. No error message should result from this. Exit the mini-LVM program.

The Boot Manager can be configured at boot time. No configuration is needed to boot the volumes created by this procedure.

Formatting the volumes

Each of the volumes that have been created needs to be formatted with the JFS file system. To begin, open a Blonde Guy Window (File:Blonde Guy). The window opened by Blonde Guy has an additional directory on the path with the recovery programs. The command line to format a volume is shown below.

format F: /fs:jfs /v:ArcaOS-F

The system may give various prompts, but the volume should be formatted. If the system gives no response at all, then something has gone wrong and the Recovery DVD should be rebooted and this step should be tried again.

If the format was successful, then repeat this step with the other drive letters and volume names. All of the volumes should be formatted in this step. The commands are listed below.

format d: /fs:jfs /v:Data
format e: /fs:jfs /v:Programs-E
format q: /fs:jfs /v:ArcaOS-Q

Restoring the Operating System and Programs

Restoring the ArcaOS installation is done with the RestoreMachine program. First, open a Blonde Guy Window (File: Blonde Guy). You may need to use Control-Escape to find the Blonde Guy window. Type RestoreMachine and press enter. You should see the following display.

usage: RestoreMachine B P D
    B: boot drive (required)
    P: programs drive (optional)
    D: data drive (optional)

Change the directory to the \Factory directory on the DVD. Then, issue the appropriate RestoreMachine command. For a single volume machine, use the following, substituting the appropriate drive letter for your DVD.

RestoreMachine F

For the multi-volume case, enter the following:

RestoreMachine Q E D

The result of this command should be to restore the disks specified. No errors should result, but some can be ignored. If there is a file to be overwritten, allow zip to do so.

Reboot the computer to see the new Boot Manager screen. Select ArcaOS to boot the newly restored volume.

Last Modified: 2 Jun 2018
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