deciding UFS vs ZFS

krad kraduk at
Tue Jul 29 08:23:25 UTC 2014

you are correct, however if you can afford to put big drives like that one
a system you can afford to match up a far more modern cpu with the drives
with a decent amount of ram. Something like the hp microserver is little
more than £100 and is more than capable of handling zfs. 5-6 year old 2nd
had kit is as well and it probably cheaper. Also your going to have to get
pretty creative to get a modern sata/sas drive to work in an ((e)*isa|mca)
based board, which will nullify any cost saving of using decades old

On 24 July 2014 01:47, Peter A. Giessel <pgiessel at> wrote:

> > On Jul 23, 2014, at 16:40, Daniel Staal <DStaal at> wrote:
> >
> > If you have multiple disks, ZFS with raid/mirroring is nearly *always* a
> better choice than UFS, in my opinion.  Exceptions would be things like
> dedicated database servers and such, where you have applications basically
> constructing their own file systems on top of the OS's file system.
> "Always"...  Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is if you are
> still using i386 (cheap/old hardware) without lots of RAM (1-2 GB) and
> large disks (3/4/5TB), zfs is not going to be a good choice.
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