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Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« on: January 25, 2012, 09:19:41 am »
Hi guys,

Due to the price of hard drives, I have decided to remove the quite large HDD from my pfSense box (which is now in use in my file server) in place for a cheep 16GB Kingston SSD.  

I have read the forum post: http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=34381.0 which suggests that many people run full installs on SSD's without problems (providing they remove the SWAP file) but I also see reports where the SSD only lasted a few months (Whether this was down to a failure of the controller rather than the NAND flash cells I don't know)

What would you recommend? I don't actually run any packages, but I would also like to run the full install. I have 2GB of RAM in the pfSense box. If the disk is almost never touched after it's booted up I should be fine running the full install, right? Or am I pushing my luck on a 16GB MLC drive.

I would also like to know what you run pfSense on and what version it's running ;)


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Re: Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2012, 07:27:07 am »
Okay, after reading numerious posts on here I've decided to go with a full install, but remove the swap on install. I guess I will report back if the drive abruptly fails 2 months down the line :P

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Re: Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2012, 11:01:21 am »
If you don't need the disk space for packages that require it then just choose the embedded kernel during the install process. Why risk the drive failing if you don't need to?  ;)

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Re: Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 02:05:04 pm »
If you don't need the disk space for packages that require it then just choose the embedded kernel during the install process. Why risk the drive failing if you don't need to?  ;)

Steve

Is the embedded kernel like the Multiprocessor kernel, will see the 4 "cores" the Atom D525 has?

So I can use physdiskwrite with the pfSense-2.0.1-RELEASE-size-arch-nanobsd_vga.img file on the SSD for a nice stable system that I can forget about? :D (It's easier for me to take the SSD out than it is to hook up a CD drive)

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Re: Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 02:13:36 pm »
Yes and yes!

Though you may have to edit the fstab on first boot as it may be connected differently.

Or boot from a USB stick with the usb image on it and install to SSD that way.

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Re: Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 02:27:51 pm »
If I was doing it from the CD, would I still need to delete the swap partition or can I go ahead and select the quick/easy install and just pick the embedded kernel at the end?

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Re: Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012, 02:34:36 pm »
If you are installing from CD or Bootable USB stick you can just select the embedded kernel.

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Re: Should I be using nanobsd or full install on an SSD
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012, 07:05:25 pm »
All went well, I'm now on the Embedded nanobsd with vga.

Thanks Steve ;D