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Removing a disk from a RAIDZ

You can’t remove a disk from a RAIDZ zpool.

But if you’re removing a disk such that you can migrate the data away from the zpool into that disk and then plan on destroying the zpool anyway, then read on.

In my case. I wanted to switch this particular zpool over to be a simple mergerfs volume, and copy the data from the zpool into it. But I didn’t have any additional (big enough) disks laying around, so incrementally removing disks from the zpool and adding them to a mergerfs while copying the data from one to the other was the approach I used.

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Tags: zfs, homelab, storage

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