More space…

So… I’ve been running my file server at about 95% capacity for the past 6 months. Not really the best situation for the health of my hard drives. Full hard drives lead to higher degrees of fragmentation, disk thrashing, and other bad stuff.

Thankfully, hard drive manufacturers have come out with 1TB drives – which drives down the prices of 500GB drives… hehe. I picked up a couple of WD5000AAKS drives today, and put them in RAID1 in my file server (deathstar) here at home. Yippee! Check out the picture for HDTach results.

Now… the only problem comes with copying over all my other files onto the new drives. The standard copy functionality in Windows is slightly lacking, so I wanted something more that could tell me about how the system was doing while the copying of 200GB of data. I stumbled upon TeraCopy, a freeware utility that has a few more options over Windows. It’s just nice to be able to see a bit more info on what’s going on.



  1. I just checked out teracopy from your link. It looks quite similar to a small program called totalcopy that I have been using, but looks like teracopy has more features. I might switch now. Thanks for the tip.

    On another note, if you are worried about file fragmentation on your server, install some defragmenter program that continuously defrags in the background. It can make a world of difference in server HDD performance. At my office, on our medium size network, all our servers run Diskeeper Server and we have dont have any fragmentation performance problems even with continuous and heavy disk I/O activity.

    Best regards
    -A.K. Tan

  2. nick

    2007-06-19 at 07:22

    Now that you mention it, I remember using TotalCopy a while back, but you’re right – TeraCopy has more features. 🙂

    I’ve got Diskeeper running on all the drives (and all my computers), so fragmentation isn’t an issue. The problem for me was that Diskeeper requires a minimum of 10% free space on the drive to run, and recommends 20%. I was way below both of those figures before…whoops!

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