Phew, 2TB external drive arrived this morning. Please, please, please old HD don’t die on me before everything can rsync over. /paranoid
I have ext4 on the new drive, and I have to rethink my backup strategies. It seems obvious now that using rsync each night may be too intensive on the disks in the long run. I suspect that hosting a backuppc backup on one of those drives caused it to fail a few weeks before the second one.
Hopefully I can sort out a proper RAID configuration in the coming months and be done with these drives ..