Replacing a dying HDD on FreeNAS

I had a degrading HDD, but the LSI Megaraid SAS card was keeping it alive, till its last breath. The HDD is PD 01 and presented to the OS as /dev/mfid1. This can be checked using the mfiutil:

# mfiutil show drives
mfi0 Physical Drives:
 0 (  699G) ONLINE <WDC WD7502ABYS-1 0C06 serial=WD-WMAU00124313> SATA E1:S0
 1 (  699G) ONLINE <WDC WD7502ABYS-1 0C06 serial=WD-WMAU00124517> SATA E1:S1
 2 (  699G) ONLINE <WDC WD7502ABYS-1 0C06 serial=WD-WMAU00124488> SATA E1:S2
 3 (  699G) ONLINE <WDC WD7502ABYS-1 0C06 serial=WD-WMAU00120759> SATA E1:S3
 4 (  699G) ONLINE <WDC WD7502ABYS-1 0C06 serial=WD-WMAU00124038> SATA E1:S4
 5 (  699G) ONLINE <WDC WD7502ABYS-1 0C06 serial=WD-WMAU00124851> SATA E1:S5

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Be a man, build a NAS

The more I listen to the guys at BSDNow the more I start thinking about using BSD/JAILS/ZFS to solve the IT related problems that I face.

The current problem surfaced in our Advanced Optical Imaging Research Group: there was a need for a storage with fault tolerance on disk fails, and it had to be accessible around the department with Windows/Linux, and also from home.
+ it had to be cheap/free
+ low maintenance cost (time, $)
+ Gigabit fast on reads
+ TB large Continue reading “Be a man, build a NAS”