Originally Posted by PeterTheGeek
Too bad, I was hoping that someone other than me could upsize a Magnavox file system.
I want to, but man this forum is, PITA to use. Pages are so big that they load slow and until they finish you can't tell if the link you clicked is taking you where you expect instead of to the top of some long page hiding what you're looking for deep in its bowels. After Wajo's advice here recently links were working, but they seem to have mostly stopped again whether logged in or not, in 4 different Geckos, and in Konq.
Several days ago I wrote here about what I thought was a failing 500G HD in a v2160, but I remembered wrong. That is a 320G I replaced the original 160G with. What I bought to replace it is a WD Green 500G that Newegg advertised as AV-GP, which I thought meant tuned for A/V use. I also have the option to use a new WD 2.5" 500G. Both 500s are advanced format
, aka 4k sectors internally, 512 bytes exposed to the interface. The third option is a 512 byte sector 7200 RPM Barracuda with low power on hours.
My current thought is clone the old 320 to the Barracuda, and put the Barracuda temporarily in the 2160 in order to get the 2160 quickly back in my buffer lineup. Alternatively I could locate and return the original 160 to duty, and skip using the Barracuda for anything in this project. Then I can take as much time as necessary to stay mentally fresh and use the old 320 to copy directly from onto one of the 500s, instead of having to make big files to copy and employ a much bigger HD to store them while working. If it turns out the old 320 actually has a problem, I might anyway be forced to create files on a big HD using ddrescue
First thing I need to do is decide which 500 to use, if I don't just put in the 320 Barracuda and be done with it. I'm leery of using a laptop drive in a constantly on machine, much more trusting of the larger Green 500 even though it demands more power and must make more heat.
Only after I decide will I switch and clone 320 to 320, and while the clone is proceeding (or sooner) I will wipe the chosen 500, then initialize it in the 2160 as a 500, before putting the Barracuda temporarily in the 2160. Then I can take whatever time is required to locate and follow the instructions in post #90
) to copy from the original to the 500 and make the sector edits required for the whole 500 to be utilized.
One catch is I'm not too sure how simple it will be to use 160 to 500 instructions to do 320 to 500, if I actually understand them well enough in the first place. I won't be using anything that has anything to do with Windows, only dd, and if that's not good enough, whatever other FOSS
tools available via openSUSE package management if not already installed might make the large scale copying easier. DFSee
is probably what I will use to perform the required sector editing when the copying is done.