What to do with an old server?

  • user warning: Table 'cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire FROM cache WHERE cid = 'filter:1:536517f09b6e3d6102400f7ea0da34f5' in /home/dowdle/public_html/montanalinux/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 121.
  • user warning: Table 'cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>Depends on what you can do with the disks if the rest of the machine fails. Since they are ATA rather than SATA, they might not be much use in the future.</p>\n<br class=\"clear\" />', created = 1411236156, expire = 1411322556, headers = '' WHERE cid = 'filter:1:536517f09b6e3d6102400f7ea0da34f5' in /home/dowdle/public_html/montanalinux/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 121.
  • user warning: Table 'cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: SELECT data, created, headers, expire FROM cache WHERE cid = 'filter:1:bf8748f94d97862c185e6ec16eb685c5' in /home/dowdle/public_html/montanalinux/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 121.
  • user warning: Table 'cache' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache SET data = '<p>Donate it to Rocky Mountain College!</p>\n<br class=\"clear\" />', created = 1411236156, expire = 1411322556, headers = '' WHERE cid = 'filter:1:bf8748f94d97862c185e6ec16eb685c5' in /home/dowdle/public_html/montanalinux/includes/database.mysql.inc on line 121.

Front viewFront viewI have an old server at work. It hasn't been used since last Spring. It lasted a fair amount of time (4 years)... yet it is still a fairly capable machine: 1.1GHz Xeon CPU, 2GB of RAM, 1 IDE system disk, a 3ware ATA RAID controller with 8ea 80GB drives (RAID5) and redundant power. I believe it was purchased in late 2001.

One of the RAID drives died and I put in a replacement today. I didn't need to rebuild the existing RAID because I wanted to do a new install anyway... but it makes me wonder if I should even bother. Side viewSide viewI mean, the drives that are in it now are at least 4 years old. They are an accident waiting to happen. So, I have a few options... I can retire the machine and scrap it... or I could spend around $800 and buy some new ATA drives. I figure that the hard drives are the most vulnerable piece in the system... other than say... the fans... that I'll replace if they are showing some wear.

Back viewBack viewIs it worth the money to turn this machine into a backup server? ...or should I just retire it? Do you think the hardware will last a few more years? It would run Linux of course. It was previously.

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Sunk Costs.

Depends on what you can do with the disks if the rest of the machine fails. Since they are ATA rather than SATA, they might not be much use in the future.


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Donate it to Rocky Mountain College!


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