[vcf-midatlantic] several things

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Jan 2 00:41:08 EST 2020

On 1/1/20 3:23 PM, Jonathan Sturges via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>   I would augment that by making it a *set* of drives, stored in a
>> block-checksumming filesystem like ZFS, and treat the set of drives as a
>> unit.  ZFS filesystems in particular can be "imported" and "exported"
>> to/from a system as a unit, making this convenient.
> Dave, totally agree with you on both the bit error rate issue as well as this recommendation.  ZFS' importing/exporting capability has always been a favorite of mine.  Question, which ZFS implementations do you use and trust these days?

  I value the import/export functionality too.  I think that's one of
ZFS' greatest features.

  I'm currently using "zfsonlinux" distribution on my main desktop
system, and the Solaris 10 implementation (patched to current) for "big
storage" pools.

>>   I've noticed a decrease in M-DISC availability lately.  Do you have
>> any idea of what's going on with that?  
> Thanks for the heads-up about M-Discs, I wasn't aware of their status.  I too have an LG drive that supports them but have never really used them.  Microcenter has always sold them, though not in great quantity or anything, but at least it's a bricks-and-mortar option:
> https://www.microcenter.com/product/452157/verbatim-m-disc-dvdr-4x-47-gb-120-minute-disc-5-pack-jewel-case

  Cool.  Everyone who has used them or evaluated them has been impressed
by them, so I sure hope they remain available.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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