Ubuntu Server and Disk setup.

Hi all,

Looking for a little advise on the best way to set up Ubuntu server,

I currently have a nice shiny new SSD along with 5x WD Red HDDs I would like to set up with ZFS.

Now I could do the same as a lot of people seem to and just Install the OS on the SSD, but I have heard of people using a USB thumb drive for the OS as well so Im a little confused as to the best set up.

1) Ubuntu on SSD and ZFS the 5x HDD for media as most seem to do.

2) Ubuntu on USB with Cache and other (not sure what files would be best to move over) files on the SSD with ZFS on the 5x HDD for media

To start with this will be a family media/backup server streaming to Android phones/Windows PC/Laptop and Panasonic smart TV. Backing up the PC and laptops.

I would like to play around with VM’s and explore Ubuntu later once the OH isnt so concerned that the new tech might lose all our photos etc.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice.