So, I’ve been using MythTV recently. I have my master backend upstairs, with all of the storage. And then downstairs is the slave backend with the three tuner cards. Soon after setting all of this up, I found that I was going to run out of disk space for recordings pretty quickly.
Therefore, I bought three 750GB hard disks to complement the one 750GB disk that I had already. And I decided to get a bit of RAID 5 set up. I didn’t trust the fake raid card in my server box, or even believe it was supported in Ubuntu. So I had a look into software RAID. It looked pretty good, so that’s what’s setting up now.
I was a bit shocked to see the packaging Scan.co.uk sent the hard disks in, as you can see. There is also a hard drive mounting kit for a optical drive bay in there as well. Luckily, nothing seems damaged, so let’s hope it stays that way!
And this is the process I am following to get all of this organised and set up…
- Connect up all the new hard disks
- Format the new disks and set the RAID flag
- Create a new blank RAID array with the three disks
- Transfer all the old data onto the array
- Change the /var/nas mount point to the new array
- Format the old disk
- Add the old disk to the array and expand the array
- Expand the file system
It’s taking time, but it’s coming along. I’m at step #7, and it looks like it’s going to take a while. It’s at 3.9% and has an estimated time of 869 minutes left. Should give me a chance to do something useful.
Anyway… On to some revision. See ya.