This is a question regarding zfs on Linux (CentOS 7). I have a very simple setup with two 8 TB disks, one disk mirroring the other.
zpool create -f -o ashift=12 $zpoolName mirror $disksById
In case one of the disk needs to be replaced, the replacement disk must be of equal or greater size than the smallest of the two disk in the configuration, according to the zpool manual pages . And from what I have understood it is common that the exact size usually differs a bit between drives of different make and model (and model revision), even if they all are labelled 8 TB. However, I would like to be able to replace it with any other 8 TB disk, not necessarily by the same make and model.
How do I achieve this?
I would have expected an option to the zpool create command so that not the entire disk is used for the pool, but leaving some slack, however I cannot find such an option. The only suggestion that I have seen is partitioning the disk before creating the pool, creating one "pool" partition and one "slack" partition, but I've read the this will affect disk performance as the disk cache can not be used properly by zfs, so I suppose that I would like to avoid this.