2.4.4 p2 pfsense wds500g2x0c install fails

  • Hi
    I wanted to install pfsense 2.4.4 on a WD NVMe wds500g2x0c with zfs.
    Thw wizard sees the disk. After the ZFS Configuration the shell displays:
    ZFS filesystem version: 5
    ZFS storage pool version: features support (5000)
    kern.geom.part.mbr.enforce_chs: 0 -> 0
    nvme0: resetting controller

    After this message the installation hangs. Has anyone a solution?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Exactly which options did you pick for ZFS in the installer?

    First, try one of the other ZFS layout options, specifically try GPT and not MBR or BIOS.

    Check the BIOS for boot options as well, it may need to be on UEFI.

    If that fails, have you tried using UFS?

    It's also possible that support for that drive/controller isn't great in FreeBSD 11.2. We should have some pfSense 2.5.0 alpha snapshots soon based on FreeBSD 12.x you can try if nothing else works. I wouldn't run that in production any time soon, though.

  • For everyone who want to use this m.2 ssd: dont use it. the driver is buggy. ufs crashes and zfs crashes.
    I've checked now with different layout options: panic an crashes.
    Thx jimp for your help. I need to use an other m.2 disk.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    I don't have an NVMe disk in hardware running pfSense, but I am using a Samsung 970 EVO 500GB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (MZ-V7E500BW) in a FreeBSD 12.0 box and it's perfect.

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