Question HELP - Upgrading Old Hard Drives??

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Wasn't sure which section to place this is but here's the jyst.

I have the current internal storage setup:
111GB Force MP500 (Unknown (SSD))
223GB Force MP500 (Unknown (SSD))
1863GB Seagate ST2000DM006-2DM164 (SATA )
931GB Seagate ST31000524AS (SATA )
931GB Seagate ST31000524AS (SATA )
931GB Seagate ST31000524AS (SATA )

I also 1TB and 2TB External Drives (The 1TB is used strictly as a scratch disk, and the 2TB is used strictly for work files as I move between home and office between PC (home) & Mac (work) daily.

As per the PC Internal Storage, I have it set up as so;
  • 111GB Force MP500 for windows
  • 223GB Force MP500 Games & Adobe Programs
  • 1863GB Seagate ST2000DM006 For general programs / Windows default save / downloads
  • 931GB Seagate ST31000524AS for a dump directory for miscellaneous backups / saves and scratch disk
  • The remaining two 931GB Seagate drives I have spanned/merged into a single 2TB Drive used for Cloud syncing ie; Mega, Dropbox, Google Drive
I believe my old Seagate drives are nearing their end after 6-10 years of use as I am seeing an increase in BSOD's over the years, and have just started hearing abnormally loud clicking noises coming from the tower.

The M.2's are the only new drives less than a year old.

So I use this desktop as my Main Work & Gaming Rig, Storage/drives was never really my forte as you can tell I shoved as many in here as I could fit lol
(have a cooler master mastercase for reference)

So I'm looking for any and all ideas or solutions to this storage that won't completely break the bank, pretty much open to everything.

Should I rip all the drives out and replace them with new ones in an external raid enclosure? Should I replace them with new ones and keep them in the tower? I don't know, that's why I'm asking the Geek Gods of the internet for help.

Also should I consider getting a PCIE card and a intel optane memory stick for the spinning disk drives with the new ones to increase speed or nah

PC Specs:
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Intel Core i7 8700k
16GB Gskill 3866mhz
Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5-CF
LG Ultrawide 32"
BenQ 27"
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
And all the drives listed above, no optical drives
 
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How much drive space do you need?
What is your budget for this?
I'd like to keep the same space or even increase it, I could always use more Scratch Disk space.

As per budget something reasonable $300-$500 ish (CAD) but if a solution is more and better and much more worth it, I'm open.

I'm also looking at upgrading the GPU and adding another 16gb of 3866 ram in the very near future.
 

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So, 5-6TB for $500.

Intel 660p, 1TB (OS and applications)
2x Crucial MX500, 1TB each. Or, a single 2TB. All your working files. Photo/vid/etc.
500GB MX500 or Samsung 860 EVO (misc stuff)
500GB MX500 or 860 EVO (scratch space)
2TB Seagate or WD HDD (backup and cloud connectivity)
 
CrystalDiskInfo will allow you to read the Smart data, and see if drives are already accumulating any reallocated sectors, etc...(Toss any drives in yellow 'Caution' status, and save yourself headaches later...)

If you want a great compromise for space and speed, Intel's 660P M.2 NVME drive in 2 TB capacity is but $195 or so, allowing you to retire a couple of old SATA drives...

If you want a few SATA SSDs, Crucial's MX500 is an excellent choice 1 TB for $105 or so), offering Samsung's speed but at $15-40 less depending on chosen capacity...
 
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CrystalDiskInfo will allow you to read the Smart data, and see if drives are already accumulating any reallocated sectors, etc...(Toss any drives in yellow 'Caution' status, and save yourself headaches later...)

If you want a great compromise for space and speed, Intel's 660P M.2 NVME drive in 2 TB capacity is but $195 or so, allowing you to retire a couple of old SATA drives...

If you want a few SATA SSDs, Crucial's MX500 is an excellent choice 1 TB for $105 or so), offering Samsung's speed but at $15-40 less depending on chosen capacity...
so all drives checked as green so i guess they're alright? But still looking for new storage solutions, thanks
 
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So, 5-6TB for $500.

Intel 660p, 1TB (OS and applications)
2x Crucial MX500, 1TB each. Or, a single 2TB. All your working files. Photo/vid/etc.
500GB MX500 or Samsung 860 EVO (misc stuff)
500GB MX500 or 860 EVO (scratch space)
2TB Seagate or WD HDD (backup and cloud connectivity)
Thanks, considering
 

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