On Friday 14 July 2006 10:37, John Nielsen wrote: > On Thursday 13 July 2006 20:24, stan wrote: > > On Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 04:20:56PM -0400, John Nielsen wrote: > > > On Thursday 13 July 2006 08:34, stan wrote: > > > > i have a Sun Ultra 40 with 4 500F SATA drives. I plan on using this > > > > machine primarily for a large data storage requirement. > > > > > > > > What I want is one large /data partition. Given all the choices for > > > > doing this in FreeBSD (software) what's the "best" choice here? The > > > > partio will be shared via SAMBA if that affects the thhinking here. > > > > > > "Best" really depends on what your needs and goals are. Here's a quick > > > overview of what the choices ARE, based mostly on memory. Corrections > > > and additions welcome. I'll try to make some notes about pros and cons > > > as well. > > > > Thanks for the nice summary. > > > > The data will be backed up nightly, so I'll probably use gstirpe to get > > the maximum capicty. RAID5 would not work very well with 3 x 500G > > (asuuming that I can't use the 500G that I put the system on). > > If that's really what you want to do then here are a couple more tips. You > can't boot from a gstripe volume, and when (not if) one of your drives goes > bad you'll be happier if you only lose your data and not your entire OS. So > plan to partition the drives and use gmirror for the base OS (since you can > boot from a gmirror volume). Make a relatively small partition (10GB?) at > the beginning of each drive. Make a gmirror volume using two or three of > them and install the OS to that volume. Use the remaining one or two small > partitions for swap or utility partitions. Then make your giant gstripe > volume out of the large partitions on all four drives.
Or better yet, make a gvinum RAID5 volume with the four large partitions. I think the only tool in my original list that requires you to use the entire disk is ataraid(4). JN _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"