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  1. Hello all. At home I have a desktop PC and a Media Center PC. Both have one 2tb 3.5in drive (WD green) and one 1tb 3.5in drive (one seagate, one WD) each as storage. Both boot from 500gb hard drives and I must have about 5tb extra laying around between portable drives and laptops. I keep around 3.5tb between photos, videos and music, mirrored weekly by hand between the desktop and the media center, and backed up from time to time in portable drives. As you may imagine, I'm not happy with the way I keep my data. Also, sometimes either music or videos have to be split between drives. I don't want to spend too much money. Buying two 4tb drives to set up as a RAID 1 in my media center (mainboard supports it) would cost me about 270 euro, but scalability would be limited to buying yet another couple of bigger drives. I think I could move both 2tb drives and both 1tb drives to one DS414j NAS, transferring the data to the external drives in the meantime. According to Synology's webpage, if I use SHR it would give me some 4tb of storage with one drive redundancy. It would cost me 300 euro, but I'm thinking about convenience and scalability. If I understand correctly, should one drive fail I would just need to replace it with one the same size or bigger and set it to rebuild. What I don't have clear is: Let's say one 1tb drive fails and I put a 4tb one: According to the RAID calculator the new array could be of 5tb with redundancy instead of 4 and with a "wasted space" that would be waiting for the next hard drive switch to be used. Would it grow like that, or does it just rebuild it to the original size until I replace all 1tb drives? Thank you for your help.
  2. I'm worried about the 4K sector advanced format. From the review I understand it's a factory-set low level format that can only be read by modern OSs. Can it be undone? OTOH: How are these drives working out with the start/stop cycles count? Thank you.
  3. I have an HTPC made out of a Celeron with XP. Its media is in a 1 TB Seagate inside a WD Elements USB casing (I moved the original WD - 500gb into my other PC because I needed the multimedia space). The Seagate drive is not only almost full, but also failing: the rotor loses momentum at random times and I have found a workaround that buys me days by removing and scrubbing the circuit board and bending the 3 rotor pins upwards (bad contact?) but its effect is lasting less each time. SMART finds no error at all. I plan on installing a WD20EARS into the casing. It should work, but it's the new formatting worries me. Will the casing's circuit recognize it? Will XP recognize it over USB? Thanks to all.