Re: ZFS question

From: Alan Somers <>
Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2021 14:45:01 -0500
Each drive has a label containing the drive's guid and the guid of every
other drive in the same top level vdev .  During import, ZFS searches every
geom provider to find matching guids.  If the drives have the same names as
they used to, then the import goes faster. But ZFS always checks the guids
during import .

On Thu, Aug 5, 2021, 2:26 PM joe mcguckin <> wrote:

> How does ZFS keep track of drives in a dataset or VDEV? If I rearrrange
> the drives in a chassis, somehow ZFS is able to make sense of the scrambled
> drives and
> mount the dataset.
> Clearly ZFS is tracking the drives. How does it refer to the drives
> internally? By UUID, Drive Label?  On some  OS’s (Linux) there are many
> options for specifying which drives make up a VDEV: UUID, Partition Label,
> etc. On other OS’s, these schemes might not exist
> (think moving drives from Linux to FreeBSD, for example).
> I’ve noticed that on Linux, drive identifiers (sda, sdb, etc) move around
> after reboots. How does ZFS cope with this?
> Does each drive (or partition) have a header that tells ZFS that this
> entity is ‘drive 2 of VDEV foo’?
> Thanks,
> Joe
> Joe McGuckin
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