I notice that after awhile my older white light 1TB drive is not showing up on my network any more, and if I power it off/on it comes back up and I can access all the files again. There are no errors that I can see, but this seems to be happening with more frequency. I have copied all my files over to my new 2TB live edition, but I'd like to keep using this one.
Do you think the drive is failing? Is there a utility I can test it with?
If the disk is gone, I'd like to replace the drive, I am thinking I should stick with a WD green drive because of power consumption, cooling etc. I know that the OS/firmware needs installing on the new drive and I heard this can be a bit tricky. Can I image the existing drive while it is still readable, and copy the image to the new drive using my USB drive reader?
If so, can I do this from a 1TB to a 2TB or 3TB drive? I figure if I am going to the trouble of replacing the drive I may as well stick a bigger one in there.
If I can't do an image copy, what is the best way to do this?