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Installing an Intel X25-E SSD on FreeBSD 8.1
This is on an existing FreeBSD install. I'm not booting from the SSD; I'm just adding it so it will show up at /var/cache.
# mkdir /var/cache
I installed the solid-state drive on a Dell OptiPlex 755. I unplugged the SATA cable from the DVD-ROM drive (who uses optical media anymore?) and connected the cable from SATA1 on the motherboard to the SSD.
When booting, FreeBSD found the drive:
ad10: 61057MB <SSDSA2SH064G1GC INTEL 045C8860> at ata5-master UDMA100 SATA 3Gb/s
Next, I formatted it using sysinstall and fdisk using the information found in the FreeBSD Handbook. The only special thing I did was to add Newfs Opts in the Disklabel Editor to add
-i 1024 since I know I'm going to have a gazillion small files and didn't want to run out of inodes.
I knew what to put in fstab by looking in the DiskLabel Editor under the "Part" column.
Here's my new /etc/fstab.
# Device Mountpoint FStype Options Dump Pass# /dev/twed0s1b none swap sw 0 0 /dev/twed0s1a / ufs rw,noatime 1 1 /dev/twed0s1d /tmp ufs rw,noatime 2 2 /dev/twed0s1e /usr ufs rw,noatime 2 2 /dev/twed0s1f /var ufs rw,noatime 2 2 /dev/ad10s1d /var/cache ufs rw,noatime 2 2