01-22-2009 05:51 PM
In the FAQ when asked about upgrading the internal hard drive for the Mirra, there was the following response:
Mirra hard disks cannot currently be interchanged because they contain a portion of our proprietary software. We do intend to make future Mirras upgradeable at authorized service centers
Can I get a bigger hard drive in my Mirra? I really love the way Mirra works and don't want to look elsewhere to get more capacity if I can simply upgrade my current device!
Please give me some good news!
01-29-2009 12:24 PM
I hear what you're saying Doug. I have been searching the web with no luck. I had an idea to remove the HDD from my MIRRA and use hard drive mirroring software to copy the current MIRRA HDD with current software to a new larger capacity hard drive. Another issue to consider is the interface. The current interface in Mirra is an IDE HDD, but new hard drives are SATA. You will need to get a SATA to IDE adapter for this to work. It is risky, but I am willing to try it eventually because I have found nothing else that works as well as MIRRA, and Maxtors Central Axis does not offer a lot of the ideal features of Mirra like Back up on the fly.
Please let me know if you or anyone else have any luck with updating Mirra to a larger HDD.
01-30-2009 11:40 AM
Since the primary feature of the Mirra server is the software, perhaps you can get a cheap machine with room for two drives, install the drive in that machine OS and all along with a second drive. Tell the Linux OS to mount the drives as one partition.
Get a MOBO with both IDE and ATA ports which most have.
01-30-2009 11:41 AM
01-31-2009 11:15 AM
Thanks for all the different feedback. Let me try a different approach. I like the features of the Mirra client software... Is there a software only solution that would allow me to back up to a NAS device that works like Mirra.
I found www.getdropbox.com but that copies my files to THEIR server. I like the way Mirra works where there is an Internet gateway to my physical files... everything stays within my local network.
1. The backup/restore/version feature
2. The icon that indicates it has been backed up
3. The ability to get access to my files via a web site (but only as a gateway into my files)
I would be happy with that part and invest in a big, fast NAS device....
01-31-2009 05:45 PM
I sure hope Seagate reads these messages to see how much people like Mirra and its features. Maybe that will prompt them to help us (sell us) improvements, for larger capacity.
Anyway, I have heard (could be a rumor) that Seagate has password protected the MOBO in Mirra and I am nervous that by cloaning the HDD to a larger one, I will not be able to change any bios settings to reference the new larger drive, if that is even necessary. I am keeping my eye out on Ebay for a used Mirra to try this on, but so far I have seen very few for sale.
I liked the dropbox.com idea. The software is sweet, but I really dislike uploading my data to an outside company, and if I am inactive with that data they delete it. Not quite secure enough for my taste.
If anyone has any luck making things work, please let us know. \
02-13-2010 10:35 AM
I am working on this solution right now. I have a client that is requesting a larger hard drive. It is looking like the largest size 500 GB in PATA. If this works and there is interest we can attempt a larger solution of 750 GB using a SATA to PATA adapter. If you are interested in this, please let me know.
03-04-2010 05:52 PM
I would also be interested in this upgrade.
Not a Linux person, but I wonder if something like the SNAPSERVER upgrade process
that was used for the old embedded SNAPOS's would work.
- BIT clone the drive to a new larger.
- Set the filesystem size to some max size (I forget what it was).
- Reboot & the OS reset the filesystem size to the drive capacity & reformatted.
- Copy the files back to the server and your up.
This actually worked quite well,
you had to be carefull when using larger/high-performance drives because those little enclosures had limited cooling.
Would try this myself, but I don't have a spare Mirra to play with or UNIX background to know what settings to tweak.
If somebody figures this out, please let the rest of us MIRRA users know.