FreeBSD NAS hardware suggestions

krad kraduk at
Mon Jul 21 14:48:53 UTC 2014

does that card export the drives properly or is it a raid card? If it
doesn't you might be better off picking yourself up a cheap sas HBA
(lsi/intel) off ebay. You can get 3 or 6 gbit ones for about £30-60 if you
bide your time

On 21 July 2014 15:35, cruxpot <cruxpot at> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I am upgrading my FreeBSD 9.2 NAS box. I purchased an old Highpoint
> Rocketraid 2300 from eBay along with some large disks. My motherboard
> is an A8R-MVP with an old Opteron processor with 3GB RAM with no EFI
> support in the legacy BIOS (AFAIK) and I am curious whether it can
> either boot or access 3TB disks in a raidz pool.
> Does FreeBSD 9.2 perform well with the controller card if 4 disks are
> hooked up to it?
> If I choose disks larger than 3TB, will I have to make the raidz pool
> "auxiliary" and not boot from a root raidz?
> I am looking at Seagate's NAS line of drives since they seem to have
> less DOA's in reviews than the WD red drives. Are these good for ZFS?
> Any other recommendations? I am doing this upgrade because the NAS
> currently has Seagate Barracuda Green disks that keep dropping off (I
> posted here a while back) and I think it's related to the green
> drives' firmware, which cannot be modified.
> Thanks for any insight!
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