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Switch to ZFS?

Postby NevilleGoddard » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:56 am

I have a (hopefully) quick question.
I am currently using UFS Enoch and I am thinking about switching to ZFS.
I have 3 identical 1TB disks 16gb of RAM and my CPU is an FX-8350. I was wondering if, to make full use of ZFS would I have to get rid of the data and file system on my 2 spare disks and add them as tanks and then copy the data back on them?
Or could I just install the OS on 1 disk and then just add the 2 spare disks with the ufs file system and data as tanks?
Is it worth it?
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Switch to ZFS?


Re: Switch to ZFS?  [SOLVED]

Postby ASX » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:52 am

Take some time to understand what ZFS really is and what it does and does not.
Start here: https://calomel.org/zfs_raid_speed_capacity.html

Primarily take in mind that ZFS can provide additional security but ONLY when using some form of data redundancy (typically mirroring or raid).

Also give a read at the FreeBSD handbook.
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Re: Switch to ZFS?

Postby NevilleGoddard » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:12 am

Thanks for the quick reply ASX. That helped a lot. ;)
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Re: Switch to ZFS?

Postby ASX » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:16 am

Nearly forgot: GhostBSD added ZFS support very recently to the installer, it might be bugged ... so a good backup is a "must have".
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Re: Switch to ZFS?

Postby NevilleGoddard » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:48 am

Thanks for the advice, ASX!
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