We run some applications in our Red Hat 5 servers. An application running on client machines accesses on a mount on this server. This application is used by users via X on windows PCs. There are data of 2009, 2010 and 2011. But they are not processed and not used. We sometimes access old data for preparing reports etc. We add new data each month and work on this new data every month. For example in January 2012 new data will be loaded on server and it will be processed by an application. But mount size is 80 GB and it often gets full. And we delete some unnecessary files from previous months. But no unnecessary files are left. Now we have 2 options: Either increase the disk size, or move the old data to another disk. I couldn't decide which option I should choose. I would like to know which option will be better for the application's performance.
Old data is around 70 GB. Current disk capacity is 80 GB. Which is better in terms of performance and readability:
1- Move old data to another disk and so that there will be around 7 GB of data in current disk and 73 GB free disk space. 2- Increase capacity of current mount to 500 GB disk capacity and there will be ~490 GB free disk space.
On which option do you think our application may run faster?