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ZFS File Server


Total storage raw: 10TB
Total storage usable: 5TB

  • Norco RPC-4220 – 20 hot-swap bay, 4RU chassis
  • Corsair HX 750W
  • Supermicro X8STE – single socket 1366; 2x Intel 82574L GigE NIC; Matrox G200 GPU
  • Intel Xeon E5620 Westmere 2.4GHz Quad Core
  • 12GB (3x4GB) Kingston 240-pin DDR SDRAM ECC Unbuffered
Controller Cards
  • Intel SASWT4I (LSI SAS1064E chipset) PCIe x4 4-port SAS HBA
  • LSI 9201-16i 6GB/s PCIe 2.0 x8 16-port SAS HBA
Hard Drives
  • Seagate 7200.10 160GB SATA 3Gb/s (system drive)
  • 10x Seagate 1TB Constellation ES SATA drives (mix of ST1000NM001 and ST1000NM0033) (zfs data pool)
Optical Drives
  • Samsung slimline DVD-RW
Operating System


The system is used for media (pictures, music, movies), software, backups, and personal document storage. All this data is made available via CIFS and NFS shares.

ZFS Configuration

  • 5x 2-way mirrors
    • Each mirror is 2x 1TB drive yielding 1TB usable space each
  • 1x spare drive


Norco RPC-4220
Norco RPC-4220
Norco RPC-4220
Norco RPC-4220
Supermicro X8STE Board
Supermicro X8STE Board
LSI 9201-16i HBA
Inside ZFS File Server
Inside ZFS File Server
Inside ZFS File Server
RPC-4220 in the Rack
RPC-4220 in the Rack


May 4 2011: Added a picture of the server mounted in the rack
Nov 16 2016: Updated information on number and type of drives along with size of the ZFS pool

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