We're back! Thanks to the efforts of Svante, Silvian and Joacim.
At about 13:00 our free Mobile News Reader was available again.
Joacim and Svante identified the disk to be excluded but needed non-the-less to rebuild the database server from reformatting disks to loading the backups and configuring other sundry systems.
We have lost some blog images and news articles may appear old until our data refreshes itself.
During the rebuild we've switched to RAID10 (RAID 1+0) for our database. We were also building an alternate database on a virtual machine which proved much slower. What we do with that has to be decided.
Some people will have seen the new website in the last couple of days but
We'll be running the 'classic' website until we straighten out all the functionality.
We gained experience and I have a list of action points. Silvian has a bunch of ideas on hot-backups that will reduce recovery time in the future. It is a genuine coincidence that we'll use a backup system called Bacula ("It comes by night and sucks the vital essence from your computers") and that Silvian lives in Transalvania.
I think that its not just our colleagues who are hugely grateful to the guys who fixed this, but also our enthusiastic users.