Hi Tim, thanks to you and the others for answering.
> worst case). The worst case for 512 emulated sectors on zfs is > probably small (4KB or so) synchronous writes (which if they mattered > to you, you would probably have a separate log device, in which case > the data disk write penalty may not matter). Good to know. This really opens up the possibility of buying 3 or 4TB Hitachi drives. At least the 4TB Hitachi drives are 4k (512b emulated) drives according to the latest news. > I'm wondering, based on the comment about routing 4 eSATA cables, what > kind of options your NAS case has, if your LSI controller has SFF-8087 > connectors (or possibly even if it doesn't), It has actually. > you might be able to use > an adapter to the SFF-8088 external 4 lane SAS connector, which may > increase your options. So what you are saying is that something like this will do the trick? http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sata_enclosures/scsat44xb.asp If I interpret this correctly I get a SFF-8087 to SFF-8088 bracket, connect the 4 port LSI SFF-8077 to that bracket, then get a cable for this JBOD and throw in 4 drives? This would leave me with four additional HDDs without any SAS expander hassle. I had not come across these JBODs. Thanks a million for the hint. Do we agree that for a home NAS box a Hitachi Deskstar (not explicitly being a server SATA drive) will suffice despite potential TLER problems? I was thinking about Hitachi Deskstar 5k3000 drives. The 4TB seemingly came out but are rather expensive in comparison Kind regards, JP
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