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jpoc: I have started buying white label drives off amazon. Way cheaper than local purchases and no reliability issues so far - anyway I no longer worry about warranty. If a drive dies, I cannot even be bothered taking it out of the server. I just tell zfs to replace it with another spindle.

Do you remove the dud drive and tell ZFS to use a hot spare?  Or do you isolate bad blocks on the drive somehow?

White label drives are fine for a RAID config where you have some form of data security (and most likely a rock solid backup solution), but I wouldn't recommend them for use in an external case or storage expansion in a home desktop machine.  The risk of failure is too high for me!


I don't have hot spares. I have drives that are used for another purpose. These are not part of the ZFS pool but they are all on the same machine.

If I need more capacity in the ZFS pool or if I have to replace a failed drive, I just take one of the spare drives away from the other set and re-initialise it for ZFS and reconfigure my ZFS pool to use the disk as a replacement or an additional disk for the pool. The failed disk can just sit in its cage until I feel like buying another disk.

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