The change was indirectly prompted by an incident last week, when one of my mass storage drives went bonkers. A 2 TB WD Green, coming up on its 5th birthday soon, suddenly dumped most of its contents into the digital aether, flipped me the bird, and basically just took its ball and went home. I still have no idea what the hell happened - there was no warning, performance was perfectly normal up until it suddenly wasn't, and even now SMART data still tells me the drive is "OK".
Weird. Though 5 years is definitely pushing it for modern HDDs. Sounds like maybe you just got really unlucky with random corruption (either by the drive itself or due to a RAM soft error) taking out a critical piece of file system meta-data.
Data-wise, I lost nothing because backups are good. But I don't trust the drive at all any more, and so it and its twin (two drives of the exact same make and model, bought at the same time) will be destroyed and I've replaced them with HGST 3 TB drives.
Yeah, I wouldn't trust it at this point either without running some fairly comprehensive tests. Trashing both drives seems a bit extreme... but they're probably hitting the far end of the "bathtub curve" anyway.
If the HGSTs are 7200 RPM you may want to keep an eye on drive temperatures (especially if they are mounted in adjacent bays) until you get a feel for how they behave under load. They can run a little warm.
And I figured, "As long as I'm going to need to be fiddling with cables and drive carts, why not do it in a shiny white case that won't make me occasionally swear?
I realized sometime ago that one of the reasons we don't get as mad about failures as we should it's because it's an excuse to upgrade.
indeed! "Damnit, this AMD FX build is just too reliable, and since I don't game I don't have another good excuse to upgrade!"
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Hmm. The R5 I won at TR BBQ XII is still in its box in my garage, and the current build lives in a P182.
I haven't had time to do anything with the stuff I won in the TR holiday giveaway either. So my previous comment isn't strictly true; my excuse this time around will be "I got the motherboard, GPU, and PSU for free". I already picked up a case to house the build, but still need to grab a CPU and some RAM. Waiting may have worked in my favor here, since the Ryzen launch supposedly caused Intel to drop their prices a bit (haven't been watching that closely)... OTOH, I guess RAM prices have gone up a bit, so it's probably a wash.
Time permitting, I do plan to start getting back into a bit of FPS gaming once the new build is up and running. I imagine my reflexes aren't what they used to be though...
The years just pass like trains. I wave, but they don't slow down.
-- Steven Wilson