Building a file server for home (and small VFX usage)

  I have been building a server for a bit of time now.  It’s a FreeBSD build from ZFSGuru. I have 16 2tb drives on the array in a RaidZ2 (Raid 6) formation.  There are 2 vdevs of RaidZ which means I have 8 drives x 2.  Each vdev has RaidZ2.  This results in better iops and overall performance. Here …

Recovering a bad drive with the Ubuntu Live CD

Well, I lost a drive in my raid.  The new drive did not take so I was advised to clone the drive.  I tried several Windows based utils.  All of them failed at the task of pure sector cloning.  Pathetic. Well, Linux (Ubuntu) to the rescue.  I downloaded the Ubuntu 11.10 LiveCD because I knew I could use ddrescue to …