My experience with ZFS (FreeNAS for the most part) is that it becomes more "expensive" to expand your pool after the fact (for a couple of different reasons, see below), but if 5TB is all you're ever going to need in this specific case, I think you should be fine and can take advantage of ZFS features like you said.
I have sources for this at home (a couple of articles and link to a forum thread), but these are saved on my desktop at home. Just let me know and I'll share them with you later. On Thu, Nov 14, 2019, 8:27 AM Jan Betlach <jbetl...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Hi guys, > > I am setting up a home NAS for five users. Total amount of data stored > on NAS will not exceed 5 TB. > Clients are Macs and OpenBSD machines, so that SSHFS works fine from > both (no need for NFS or Samba). > I am much more familiar and comfortable with OpenBSD than with FreeBSD. > My dilema while stating the above is as follows: > > Will the OpenBSD’s UFS stable and reliable enough for intended > purpose? NAS will consist of just one encrypted drive, regularly backed > to hardware RAID encrypted two-disks drive via rsync. > > Should I byte the bullet and build the NAS on FreeBSD taking advantage > of ZFS, snapshots, replications, etc? Or is this an overkill? > > BTW my most important data is also backed off-site. > > Thank you in advance for your comments. > > Jan > >