I kind of feel like Steve Martin in, “The Jerk(The Jerk starring Steve Martin)”:1 when he blurts our, “The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here!” I just got my order of 4 Serial ATA hard drives from “NewEgg(My favorite mail order business for computer stuff…)”:2. I figured I’d be able to build a RAID-5 array in a degraded state with only 2 drives. That doesn’t appear to be the case. I’ll shut the system down again in a little bit to add the third drive. When all is said and done, six drives will be replaced by four and I should have a bit more space. I ended up buying four “320G Western Digital Serial ATA hard drives”:3. I would have liked to buy 400G or 500G drives, but they are still too expensive. Hopefully tonight things will all be back together.
_*UPDATE:*_ The new array is in place (finally…) After copying everything over, I’ve got about 160G of free space with a shiny new RAID-5 (3 drives in the RAID with a hot-spare.)