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Do two HDDs act as one or separately? [SOLVED]
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Sky Aisling


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Location: Port Townsend, WA. USA

PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2018, 18:45    Post subject:  Do two HDDs act as one or separately? [SOLVED]
Subject description: If one HDD goes down does the other HDD still function?
 

Hello Puppy Hardware Geeks,

I'm working with Mike Walsh and Mikeslr in this thread: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1011556#1011556

I have a concern about hard drives wearing out.
The machine I'm referencing has two HDDs.
I know little of hardware architecture.
Because the machine has two HDDs does this indicate that if one HDD goes down the other HDD still functions?
Does this machine have an eight-chambered Klingon heart? So that, revitalization is possible?
Here are specs taken from Pup-sysinfo about the machine in question:

Thank you for any answer in layperson's terms, like 'yes' or 'no'. Very Happy

Sky
▶—— Computer Identification ——◀

Computer Vendor: Hewlett-Packard
Product Name: HP HDX 18 Notebook PC
NOTE: (Laptop Monitor screen replaced by NEC 23" Multiplex high definition free standing screen)
Version: Rev 1
Serial Number: 3CX8401F9L
UUID: 434E4638-3430-3146-394C-001E68F2B74C

Motherboard Vendor: Quanta
Product Name: 3610
Version: 15.29
Serial Number: 3CX8401F9L
Asset Tag: Base Board Asset Tag

BIOS Vendor: Hewlett-Packard
Version: F.24
Release Date: 06/16/2009
ROM Size: 1024 kB

Chassis Information
Manufacturer: Quanta
Type: Notebook
Lock: Not Present
Version: N/A
Serial Number: None
Asset Tag: Not Specified
Boot-up State: Safe
Power Supply State: Safe
Thermal State: Safe
Security Status: None
OEM Information: 0x0000020F


Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz
Socket Designation: CPU
Manufacturer: Intel(R) Corporation
Voltage: 1.6 V
External Clock: 1066 MHz
Max Speed: 2533 MHz
Current Speed of Core 0:2534 MHz, 1:800 MHz

Frequency governor : ondemand
Freq. scaling driver : acpi-cpufreq

▶—— /proc/cpuinfo ——◀

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 23
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz
stepping : 6
microcode : 0x60c
cpu MHz : 2533.000
cache size : 6144 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 2
core id : 0
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 10
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 lahf_lm dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority
bogomips : 5054.33
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor : 1
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 23
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz
stepping : 6
microcode : 0x60c
cpu MHz : 1600.000
cache size : 6144 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 2
core id : 1
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 1
initial apicid : 1
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 10
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 lahf_lm dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority
bogomips : 5054.33
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

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dancytron

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2018, 20:03    Post subject:  

The second hard drive would still work, if the hard drive that failed was the boot hard drive, then the computer wouldn't boot.

It would be an easy fix though. Boot Puppy with a usb drive or CD, install Puppy on the still working hard drive, mark it bootable in Gparted, and (maybe) set it as the boot able drive in the bios. Then you'd be back in business.
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PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2018, 20:23    Post subject:  

dancytron wrote:
It would be an easy fix though. Boot Puppy with a usb drive or CD, install Puppy on the still working hard drive, mark it bootable in Gparted, and (maybe) set it as the boot able drive in the bios. Then you'd be back in business.


you can even preempt all that by putting grub on the second drive now, making it bootable, and copying the grub configuration from the first drive to the second one.

the bios will never boot to more than one drive at a time (unless we are talking about something completely different than this.) the second drive will not be "sda" until you remove the first one, but thats fine.

if its a backup, it doesnt need to be "sda" as long as the primary drive works.

which means you can have the same grub config on both drives, and just keep backing up files from the first to the second.

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Sky Aisling


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PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2018, 22:48    Post subject: Do two HDDs act as one or separately?
Subject description: Separately ...
 

Thank you, dancytron and nosystemdthanks

What you wrote gave me the answer I need.
It would seem right then to pursue using the second HDD2 to mount a boot and a puppy(s). That will give HDD1 a rest for a while.
I just wanted to check and make sure that if HDD1 went down then a HDD2 could still be a usable drive.
So, a double drive setup is possibly a Doctor Who with two hearts. Laughing

Sky
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