Like I’m sure many of us, I have probably a dozen random drives (a mix of ssds and hdds) that range from 60GB to 1TB in size that I’ve hoarded from over the years.
Many of them have fairly low power on time, low-ish writes etc.
I’m making a “real” pool with 6x18Tb drives, that will be the bulk of my storage, but that means I currently have 9 more slots I can fill.
Are there any use-cases for populating them with low-capacity drives?
I have pairs for most of these, ie, 2x128gb ssds, 2x500 ssds, 2x1tb hdds. So I could mirror these, use them as l2arc etc, but i’m not sure what to do.
I thought it might be good to try and squeeze more life out of the drives now that I have space.
Or maybe its just not worth the headache of trying to manage them, and I should stick them back in the drawer.