I was brought up short when Mike Saunders said for our file server we should put FreeNAS on a 2Gb USB stick and our data on the hard drive, and "if you have two hard drives you can install FreeNAS on one and use the other for storage, but that can be wasteful". What? Can't BSD/FreeNAS use partitions? Maybe not, maybe I've heard that before.
But anyway, two drives would be wasteful of what? A drive? I thought we are talking about using an old system unit; so using the original (ie smallish) HD for the system and putting in a shiny new terabyte HD for the data would probably be ideal - especially as the alternative might be to discard it.
Anyway, I have a boxful of old HDs in the attic from past upgrades, ranging from about 1Gb up (I only recently threw away several even smaller ones down to 105Mb!). Am I the only guy who keeps such stuff? These HDs are crying out to be used like this.
Moreover, a USB stick permanently "sticking" out the front of a system unit of a "secure" server? Waiting for the cat to walk past and knock it out? Not a good idea IMHO!
Unsolved mysteries of the Universe, No 13 :-
How many remakes of Anna Karenina does the World need?