hachi (hachi) wrote,

Upgrading disk space.

I guess I'm lucky I have enough tools to force things to go my way.

Wednesday my PS2's hard drive dies and fails to spin up in any machine I put it in. I get annoyed and take the cover off, power the drive on and give the spindle a push with my finger. The drive spins up and I set the cover back on it, back up all my data, and throw the drive away.

Me: 1
HDD: 0

Next up, bought 3 750GB SATA disks today. While installing the second one a screw head snaps off. I'm forced to drill the core of the screw out of the drive, and pick the remains of the threads out manually. This worked fine, but I wasted like an hour doing it.

Me: 2
HDD: 0

Finally, installing the 3rd 750 the same thing happens again, in a different hole. This time I'm able to back the remains of the screw out using a needle nose pliers and finish in under 5 minutes.

Me: 3
HDD: 0

Yeah, I know... several people told me they suck and I didn't listen. I did probe the depths of how much they do suck under Linux and found that they don't support TCQ, hotplug or suspend. Plus every 10 minutes or so the card likes to reset the whole bus. So I'm left with no IO to those disks for about 15 seconds while they re-detect or something.

I'll run up to Central Computer tomorrow and see if I can get anything better that doesn't cost as much as a 3ware raid card.

It was somewhat worth it though when I got to the end and Linux reported this:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/red-all 2.1T 198M 2.0T 1% /red
Tags: hdd, linux, luck, sata, tools

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