When I built this computer a few years back I was worried 750GB drives would not be enough. And just as I thought they became an issue as I started depending on them more. I decided to upgrade them and add about 10x more capacity.
I've been playing musical chairs with my data, moving them off the PC onto an external drive but I'm really getting tired of looking for data all over the place.
The 750gb disks are still good, no errors. Just a little too small for my needs at this point. I almost deleted some unpublished Mason Bee footage while trying to clear up space so I figured I really need to stop playing around and just upgrade
A few years back these 6tb drives would have been pretty expensive. Now a days they are about $150 each. I got two of them so I can run a RAID 1 and mirror them. This way if a drive fails I'll still have a copy of the data on the other drive.
Taking the old drives out was easy using a tool-less system. Though I had to move the drives over to the new enclosures which I needed a screw driver for.
Got them in and hooked up the sata cables and power cables.
I hooked the computer up to the monitor keyboard and mouse and got about to booting up. I needed to initialize the new disks and form them into a RAID. That's a term when you take multiple disks but make them look like a single disk to the operating system. There are many configs, different ones for different needs.
After inputting the values I needed to save. And that became a problem, my f10 key was not working...
Dont mind the worn off keys. I know where they are in my head. But for whatever reason I could not get the f10 key to work.
I had to find another keyboard and plug it in just to press f10.. hah I never seem to see these issues coming.
After that it was smooth sailing, I put my PC back in its spot in the desk. I booted up and formatted the RAID-1 in the OS. Took about 6 hours to move my data back on the machine. Was close to 600GB of data using it 3/4 of the 750GB formatted space. The new disks are 5400 RPM and were pretty slow to write. But that's fine, this computer is not my gaming rig where I want fast load times. It's mostly photo editing, light video editing and mostly blog work and business matters on this computer. So space is more important than speed. I would have got the 7200rpm drives if needed more speed, or spanned some SSDs in RAID-0.