This is my personal computer, not a mission critical production server. I don’t back up, because if my computer completely dies, I won’t. Still, it would be a major pain in the ass. As is backing up a terrabyte or so of non-critical data.
Three 1TB drives in RAID 5, one is dead. The drive is about three years old, so well out of production. What do I do? Toss any old 1TB drive in there and rebuild the array? Does it help any if it’s the same brand (Seagate)? If I can do that, can I toss a 2TB drive in there, rebuild the array and then do that two more times to update all the drives and double my storage?
I know it’s ideal to keep identical drives for replacement, but the ideal ship sailed long ago. What can I get away with?