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My maintenance task of the day.
« on: September 04, 2019, 10:11:09 PM »
I keep an eye on the condition of the hard disks on my dev box and the oldest 4tb disk, a WD Black just started to show sector relocations so I ordered a WD Red 4tb disk and spent spare time yesterday doing identical partitions then copied it all over to the new one. This morning I swapped the two disks in a couple of minutes and it was all working well and identical to the old one.

The latest and most current disk scanner I have is called "HDDScan.exe" and it reported the same as the older ones I had, a nice toy to have handy when you have to do diagnostics.
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Re: My maintenance task of the day.
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2019, 03:31:25 AM »
If the disks are same, creating the same partition layout is easy. It's enough to copy the master boot record sector.

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Re: My maintenance task of the day.
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2019, 04:32:45 AM »
I have done a lot of this over time and have compmgmt.msc set up on my desktop. Initialised the disk, partitioned it into 4 equal partitions and formatted each one and it only took a few minutes. I have a plugin disk slot in the case so I just removed the disk in it and plugged in the new one then copied the contents from the old one to the new using Winfile and with disk to disk data transfer it was much faster than doing it over a network. The WD Red is reasonably fast for a mechanical HDD, about 170 meg/sec so there has been no performance loss from installing it.

I long ago learnt the hard way about having data backed up properly and I have multiple copies of this dev box set up on other computers including my NAS WinXP box but in this case the WD Black was still working properly and I did not need to use the other backups.
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Re: My maintenance task of the day.
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2019, 07:58:36 AM »
The reds are all marked as NAS drives.   Does this make any difference if used as a standalone?

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Re: My maintenance task of the day.
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2019, 01:06:54 AM »
They work fine here Jim, speed seems OK and the first one I have in the box has been both fast and reliable.
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