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Basically you need to create a fake file for disk 2, create pool, set it offline and then when ready, (aka when data is copied to pool) add disk 2 and remove fake fileI read conflicting statements online, using "fake files" but that didn't work for me as I only wanted to create w/ 1 disk. You can only CREATE w/ 1 disk w/ stripped. The  you attached another disk later and switch to mirrored.

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Create Pool w/ 1 disk:

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zpool create -f $poolname $dev -o ashift=12 -m $mount
zpool status

Using Fake File Notes: Didn't work, but I'm keeping notes...