Recovering from "corrupt" system: How could I have done this better?
So my system went down, I suspect it was when one of the fan blades broke and jammed the fan, thanks 3rd world electric supply company.
I was hoping to minimize my effort in reconfiguration, but not being even remotely versed in BSD I was not hopeful. A few hours later I realized I could potentially recover my settings from the corrupted drive.
so I installed the new HDD and booted off the installation media (with the old Hdd attached), and went into a shell.
Geom disk list
Identified the crashed HDD as da0
showed me the devices registered (?) under da0 (the one I was concerned with is da0sa1)
from there I went about mounting the old HDD
mkdir /home/whatever mkdir /home/whatever2 mount /dev/da0sa1 /home/whatever
Once mounted I copied the config.xml file
cp /home/whatever/cf/conf/conf.xml /home/whatever2/
From there I went into the installation and proeceded as if new.
Once installed I downloaded the backed up config.xml file and went through the restore process to get back to my previous settings.
I am pretty sure my method was longer than necessary, but as a complete noob it worked for me, my question is "how could I have done this faster?"
Pretty much by having a backup of the config ready to go. Other than that it seems like you managed pretty well.