On new install with SSD+HDD can I tell pfSense what to write where?



  • I currently have an SSD and a HDD in the machine I am configuring. I am also making use of RAM Disks under System>Advanced. I'd like to change the settings so that it writes a little more frequently to disk (every hour) however I'd like it to write to the magnetic HDD rather than the SSD. Is that possible? PfSense is installed to the SSD.

    I can manually put backup package and config files on the HDD so I have a local copy. It's the automatic writing of the /tmp and /var (and any other similar files I do not know about) that I'm concerned about. Do I even need to worry about writing to SSD?


  • Banned

    No. Plus, there's no need to be concerned. That SSD certainly will not be damaged by writing to /var or /tmp, in fact there's no need to use any ramdisks either.



  • @doktornotor:

    No. Plus, there's no need to be concerned. That SSD certainly will not be damaged by writing to /var or /tmp, in fact there's no need to use any ramdisks either.

    Why would the pfSense developers include RAM Disk as a configurable option if there was no need for it?


  • Banned

    Look, on any recent SSD, you can write hundreds of TBs of data and it will still be well alive and kicking. That's a usage that's never gonna happen with /tmp or /var on pfSense…


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