Me personally? Yes, I replace hard drives a the drop of a hat. I routinely
change drives in servers for any excuse if for no other reason than to get
newer drives with more life, less years in the server. Faster drives never
hurt a server.
Upgrading drives with a working system is just not that complicated. I
posted a document on this the other day. You can use SCOPY to transfer data
drives, no sweat. You can either do a tape restore for the system drive, or
you can boot the system with a "host" drive running NT and then SCOPY the
system drive over.
I just priced hard drives yesterday. How about a 40G Ultra-66 5400 RPM EIDE
for $205 ?
Don't tell me it's not cost effective to have more space or that running a 3
year old drive is smart, I won't believe you. Assuming that the drive
controller remains the same, I can typically duplicate a drive with SCOPY in
about 10 minutes of setup and +/- 10 minutes/Gbyte. That's under an hour for
a 4G drive.
You can do SCSI just as well, it's just the cost of drive difference, the
process is the same. If you change controllers, you have a little more setup
to do, small amount of cleanup.
> I agree. Typically I would just install extra drives in the server. The
> problem is that this remote client has a server that was built out of a
> regular PC with a SCSI adapter Card in a Mini Tower no less. They only
> 3 workstations and don't have the money to buy a full upgraded server.
> have set aside in the budget 900 dollars to add about 5 to 10 gigs of
> hard drive space. With the Tape drive, 2 4-gig hard drives (C drive
> Mirred) There is only one open bay internally and I want to add 2 5 or 10
> gig drives for Miring. The Quantum seemed like an ideal product for this
> situation. Do you really think it would be worth the time and effort to
> replace the existing 4 gig drives with 10 gigs and go through the process
> transferring the OS or is there something else I should be looking for
> external hard drives.
> Thanks again
> Donald "Doc" Watson
> Information Services
> Linn County REC