Torn Between ZFS and BTRFS for a new general purpose storage pool, need advice

That is an excellent write-up by Wendell that I have read many times but I think the last thing this kid needs is a metadata drive. Those are really only useful on large pools with TONS of different files and folders. Usually company-wide NFS shares or something. Definitely not a workstation/homelab for a single user. That will make the entire pool much more fragile as well.

Sorry if we overwhelmed you with all this pedantic jargon. Go without the SLOG and metadata and all that just do RAID-10 with striped L2ARC and start from there is my suggestion.

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