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My minor system upgrade 2020

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by amusicsite, 1 Jun 2020.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    So after the lovely government here decided to give me some 'free' money I decided to put some of it into getting my current PC a bit more sorted. Now I intend to upgrade in about a year's time when I think I'll get the best bang for my bucks with the new hardware scheduled for release over the next 6 - 12 months. So far I've resisted the temptation to upgrade my current machine as it's just about good enough.

    So instead I'm sorting out my storage.

    Currently I have Ubuntu, my daily driver on a 240GB SSD and a 500GB SSD which Windows has about 150GB and the rest is a shared partition that both can see.

    So my main upgrade is a second 500GB SSD that I'm going to install the new 2020 Ubuntu LTS OS. Then when I've got that up and running with all the data from it's current 240GB drive, that drive will be formatted and become the new shared drive. Finally I can move the data from the shared partition to the new drive and remove that old shared partition. Then extend the Windows partition to take over the whole drive and I'll have both OSs running with a 500GB of local space.

    Alongside this I have bought two 12TB external WD Elements Desktop Hard Drives. They were so cheap it was hard not get them. With their current discount and an extra 10% got by signing up to their newsletter first.. I got both drives for £341.98 (£170.99 each) or £14.25 per TB. Which probably makes it the cheapest storage I've ever bought. For quite a while it's been around £20 to £25 per TB.

    So I'll have 24TB of storage over two drives. I've currently got about 20TB of stuff over a number of drives so the intention is to move as much as possible onto the new drive and then clean it up. Remove all the duplicates, zip up large folders of smaller files and delete any of the garbage I detect. then with the freed up space add some more stuff from my current drives and replete until either I run out of space to free up or I get all my archive stuff down to 12TB.

    If I get it down to 12TB or less then I'll mirror the drive to the 2nd 12TB drive and have a backup. If I run out of space I'll just start using the 2nd drive and keep going until I can work out how much data I have and have it over just two drives. Then probably get another drive big enough to do a mirror of all that data.