The replacement RAM, new hard drive and external hard drive enclosure all arrived today on the same UPS shipment – I love it when everything comes together like that. I guess I’ll be playing with hardware this afternoon.
- Install new RAM and make sure it works.
- Put new Hitatchi HD in external enclosure.
- Use Carbon Copy Cloner to copy my current RAID HD to the new external HD.
- Boot from external HD – make sure all looks right.
- Use Disk Utility to reformat the stock Western Digital HD.
- Use CCC to copy the external HD to the WD HD.
- Boot from the WD HD, make sure all looks right.
- Swap the WD HD and the new Hitatchi HD in the internal/external spots.
- Use Disk Utility to RAID the 2 internal Hitatchi drives.
- Use CCC to copy the external WD drive back to the new RAID set-up.
What could possibly go wrong?
UPDATE: That didn’t take long… I unpacked everything and discovered that I can’t put the SATA drive into this enclosure. Doh! Looks like my best local options are a 100GB Seagate HD for $40 after rebate or a 250GB Hitatchi for $130 after rebate. It’s like Scott told me a while back:
We solve these problems, you know, with money.
It’s a business expense anyway…
UPDATE #2: Well, the RAM is installed, and everything came up ok – but I only show 2.5GB of RAM, the same as before I added the additional 2GB. The slots that have the new RAM show as empty… time to call OWC again I guess.
UPDATE #3: Yep, bad RAM… again! Another RMA, etc. Also, I discovered that my Kensington keyboard won’t work for those “hold down the * key when booting up…” situations – I had to use the Apple keyboard.