BSD

Replacing a FreeNAS drive

I was on holidays a few weeks ago and decided to replace an aging Mac Pro that I had been using as a Plex server with a new FreeNAS box, since I could run a jail with Plex. So I used the four 3TB WD Red drives in the Mac Pro with another two new similar drives to construct a new FreeNAS box.

Of course, the problem with those four drives I used as a ...

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macOS

Adventures in AppleRAID

Actually, it's not much of an adventure so much as a reminder. I'm used to doing software RAID on Linux with mdadm and am fully comfortable with the commandline tools -- in fact, I prefer them to any GUI tools that may or may not be out there (for example, if I were to have a choice of using mdadm on the commandline versus using Anaconda to setup a RAID array, I would take ...

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Linux

Redundancy and flexibility with RAID1+LVM

This week's techmail was Redundancy and flexibility with RAID1+LVM which talks about how to combine RAID1 with LVM for a few rich, flexible storage management solution. The tip describes how to get started with setting up RAID and LVM (although here's a hint: the Anaconda installer makes this an absolute snap). Combining RAID and LVM makes a lot of sense in so many ways, and I hope this tip explains some of ...

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Linux

Replace a failed drive in Linux RAID

This week's TechMail is Replace a failed drive in Linux RAID which goes into the fun I had on a Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago replacing a drive in my backup box at my mother's place. All-in-all it was dead simple and very painless, which just goes to show how reliable RAID on Linux really is. It might be nice if it was more automated (although I suspect there might be ...

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