Expanding file-system to additional (externally mounted) HD
The /home partition on my web-server is getting close to full (ca. 90% on the partition). I am looking to expand before I do finally run out of space.
One thought I had was to get a 2nd HDD and create a mount point into the 2nd HDD and put all of the /home file-system there.
However the server (PC) only has a single HDD drive bay, so I'd have to attach the 2nd HDD externally. One option is to attach via USB (spare ports available).
Any advice or alternative suggestions offered would be appreciated.
Relevant system configuration details:
/dev/hda9 3.0G 1.9G 934M 68% /
/dev/hda1 99M 28M 67M 30% /boot
/dev/hda2 30G 25G 3.4G 89% /home
(no fancy RAID or anything like that; just a single HDD partitioned).
Thanks in advance,
You have several alternatives for upgrading your system.
1. Add an additional internal hard drive
2. Replace existing hard drive with new larger hard drive
3. Add a new internal removable hard drive in a 5 1/4" external drive bay
4. Add a USB external hard drive
5. Add an external SATA hard drive
I have listed (ranked) these alternative in order of my preference and actual performance. I just bought 3 new 500 GB bare hard drives for $65.00 each so you are not looking at a major expense.
One thing that you don't mention is your method of backup of your system. If you have a web server you should do regular backups of your system. With the size of your /home directory and I would also assume that you need to backup your MySQL databases which are most likely not located in your /home directory structure. Removable external hard drives would give you a good backup option.
Your system is not a barn burner speed wise so external hard drives may be a suitable option for you. However, you do not say whether you have IDE 1.1 or 2.0 USB ports on your system. USB .0 is an absolute must for connecting hard drives to your system. USB 1.1 is just too slow to be useful.
You could get yourself an external eSATA hard drive and add a PCI SATA interface card with eSATA access for less than $30.00.
Thanks for the quick response.
I paid less than £100 (UKP) three years ago - I'd rather not splash out significant dosh on it if I can help it (and perhaps save the money to upgrade the entire box in a year or two - but in the interim I want to avoid running out of disk space). So was hoping to limit to about £25 (160G HDDs abound at that price).
I reckon I'd be looking at minimum ca. £25 HDD + PCI SATA card cost (also ca. £25).
Not less than $30 I'm afraid!
Aside from all that ... I was in the main posting for configuration guidance in carrying out the exercise with option 4. But now feeling less enthusiastic about that on account of USB 1.1.
Warming up to the eSATA + PCI SATA card solution (even if I do have to get the screwdriver out).
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