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Pools

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Last Modified 2022-11-15 15:53 EST

TrueNAS uses ZFS data storage pools to efficiently store and protect data.

Storage pools are attached drives organized into virtual devices (vdevs). ZFS and TrueNAS periodically review and heal when discovering a bad block in a pool. Drives are arranged inside vdevs to provide varying amounts of redundancy and performance. Combined, ZFS and vdevs combined create high-performance pools, pools that maximize data lifetime, and all situations in between.

Review Storage Needs

We strongly recommend users review the available system resources and plan the storage use case before creating a storage pool.

  • Allocating more drives to a pool increases redundancy when storing critical information.
  • Maximizing total available storage at the expense of redundancy or performance entails allocating large-volume disks and configuring a pool for minimal redundancy.
  • Maximizing pool performance entails installing and allocating high-speed SSD drives to a pool.

Determining your specific storage requirements is a critical step before creating a pool.

Pool Article Summaries

  • Disks
  • This section describes UI screens and dialogs related to disk operations. Disks Screens This article provides information on the settings found on and functions of the Disks Screens.

    • Disks Screens
    • This article provides information on the settings found on and functions of the Disks Screens.

  • Pool Manager Screen
  • This article provides information on VDEV options, data VDEV types and the settings and functions on the **Pool Manager** configuration screen.

    • Devices Screens
    • This article provides information on the **Devices** screen and widget settings and functions.