FreeBSD - software raid

Bill Moran wmoran at
Thu Jun 19 06:49:11 PDT 2003

Moti Levy wrote:
> Hi,
> before I do the unthinkable and use Linux for a server , I ask for your
> help.
> I have a set of 4 IDE drives .
> I need to build a file server that'll run samba/nfs

I've done this.  Works very well.

> I want to use all 4 drives as a raid 5 array and use the combined space for
> storage.
> is there a way to do it with FreeBSD ?
> I looked at ccd and vinum but as far as my understanding goes , I cant use
> it during setup but rather build the
> system first and than use ccd/vinum on all BUT the system disk .
> am I wrong ?


> is there a solution out there ?

You can use all four drives in your Vinum array.  There used to be a
restriction that the root partition could not be part of the Vinum array,
but that's no longer the case, see the Vinum section of the handbook:
And specifically this:

Bill Moran
Potential Technologies

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