Anyone using freebsd ZFS for large storage servers?

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Fri Jun 1 15:08:09 UTC 2012

> and unbelievable narrow cases, when you don't have or can't
> access a backup (which you should have even when using ZFS),
> and you _need_ to do some forensic analysis on disks, ZFS
> seems to be a worse solution than UFS. On ZFS, you never
> can predict where the data will go. Add several disks to

true. in UFS for example inodes are at known place, and flat structure 
instead of "tree" is used.

even if some sectors are overwritten with garbage then fsck can scan over 
inodes and recover all that can be recovered.

ZFS is somehow in that part similar to Amiga "Fast" File System. when you 
overwrite a directory block (by hardware fault for example), everything below that 
directory will disappear. You may not be even aware of it until you need 
that data

Only separate software (that - contrary to ZFS - do exist) can recover 
things by linearly scanning whole disk. terribly slow but at least 


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