So I’m trying a disk upgrade. One of the spare 250G drives I threw into the Mac when I got it failed (Lower-bay, which I’m assuming was disk-2 of 2) so I decided I would try my hand at upgrading the disk.
I realized that the 250G drives i put in there won’t be enough to hold my pictures and music alone, let alone the rest of the stuff that I usually keep on my desktop.
So I found a 2TB drive to put in it’s place.
The Swap went swimmingly. Shut down, pop the old drive out, pop the new drive in, took a little playing around (and a quick google search) to get the new disk added to the raid-set, and a few hours later, Tah-Dah. 😉
So then it comes to adding the other 2TB drive in and mirroring back. Simple process right?
I shut down again, pulled the top drive out, put the new 2TB drive in it’s place, etc etc etc.
It seems that while the data is contained on both disks, the host is only set to look at the first disk for it’s boot device. Oversight?
So I used the google, something I’m priding myself on my ability to do these days. (What do people with only one computer do when they get into trouble?) And found that I have to boot from the CD and manually mirror the disk back using the disk-utilities on the CDRom.
Makes sense. Though you’d think it wouldn’t be too hard to, on failing to retrieve boot information from disk0, to look on disk1 before giving up.
Does anyone of my five readers know if there is there a way to force a boot to the “up” drive in the set?
I would gravitate to the storage end of things wouldn’t I…
So here’s the underlying problem.
Note the 1.8TB RaidSet1. Now Note the 232.8GB RaidSet1.
The problem seems to be that while both devices are owned by the raid set, and the “RAID Slice” itself on each drive is 1.8TB, the partition on the underlying slice is stubbornly stuck at 232.8G.
This makes the filesystem *WAY* smaller than it could be.
Since I don’t have anything appreciable on it… I’m going to back it up using Time Machine, and reinstall. (I’ve heard complaints about time machine, so I’m going to want to see work it before I actually come to depend on it.)
*THAT* will be tomorrow’s post.