Sorry for the noobie questions, I've been Googling all sorts of walkthroughs to create my ZFS raid, but I can't seem to find the correct links for the answers I'm looking for.
This is my first attempt for a RAID, and from all I've read, it seems that zfs is the best way to go.
- What happens if I have to change the underlying hardware behind the zfs pool? Like the mobo / processor, what happens if that dies on me in a year or two; can I port my zfs pool somehow?
- I've got quite the set of different sized drives, and i'm trying to get the most storage space out of it with redundancy. What is the best setup for this config, and how much space will I be losing by using these different size drives. I am not creating this for any speed requirements, I just want a file server for multiple HTPCs. My currently available drives for this are:
- 1x 500GB 'Hybrid' Drive
- 1x 1TB Drive
- 1x 3TB Drive
- 1x 4TB Drive (will be added to the pool later, currently holding all the data from the the drives listed above)
- Will adding the 4TB drive to the pool later be a problem of any kind?
- Any recommendations on a Linux OS to run this all on, and should I use a separate drive for the OS? I'm familiar with Ubuntu, RHEL, and OpenSUSE / SLES.
Any help is very appreciated, I'm continuing to read up on this, just a lot to take in at once, any links on where to start would be very helpful as well.