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I am setting up a NAS server hopefully with a ZFS file system. I have a question I haven't been able to find a straightforward answer to online. I am plaining to have my main OS on a 60gb ssd, I have 4 other 2 TB HHD. When I am installing the OS is it necessary to have all 4 hard drives plugged into SATA? Can I just install the base server and after I am done building plugged in thoes HHDs and configure them? if so how do I go about doing that. And if not what is the best recommended way to do this?

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You can certainly do that. After the server is up and running on the single hard drive, install the others using these instructions.

The tl;dr version is that you create a mount point for each drive and update /etc/fstab to mount the new drives.

  • thank you! this there a recommended way? – octain Jul 11 '15 at 19:38
  • That is the official documentation. – Organic Marble Jul 11 '15 at 19:39

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