heheheh it is almost filled at this time.
I would prefer not to lose the data. So much so, that i would be willing to go and buy a new HD and find a way a access the stuff on it.
I'd prefer not to lose it either. I would suggest a new hard drive, and a USB exterior enclosure. There are USB exterior drives readily available, but they come set up for Windows use. My personal experience has been that an empty case fitted with a regular hard drive works better with Linux. My two exterior drives are SATA drives of 750 GB, and 1 TB capacity, in Rosewill cases that have both USB and ESATA connections. For reference;http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182162&cm_re=rosewill_enclosure-_-17-182-162-_-Product
I'm running this installation from the 1 TB external hard drive, on a partition seen by this system as /dev/sdc14
. I have a number of OS installations, as well as pure data partitions, on the drive, and the system sees it as just another hard drive, like any of the internal drives. This computer is my backup unit, with no SATA available, and no USB boot capacity, so I'm connected by USB cable to an add on 5 port USB2 card. On my main unit I connect with the ESATA cable, and designate this drive as the boot drive, making it /dev/sda
, and it works equally well, but has slightly better data transfer rates.
It used to be that it was cheaper to set up a regular drive in a case, than what the cost was for a pre built external drive. That is not necessarily true anymore, but I still do it this way, to avoid the Windows specific junk that comes with most pre built units I've encountered. If you are still using Windows, you may see that "junk" as something worthwhile. Either way I'd go for a large external drive, for the added convenience.