Windows Home Server 2011 will have an add-in by a third party which will provide similar functionality to what Drive Extender (DE) had.
The add-in StableBit DrivePool will let you add multiple hard drives into one combined storage pool on the Windows Home Server 2011. You can create folder shares on this storage pool, and each folder on the pool can either be duplicated or not duplicated. Files placed in duplicated folders will be protected against single drive failure by being placed onto two separate hard drives.
The folder view
As you can see this will allow you to add (and remove) drives of various sizes and types to the pool and folder duplication will copy your files to another hard driver (as was the case with DE), which will protect your shares against a single drive failure.
Added a folder
- Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
- Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
- Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
Here are the 5 screen shots from the add a folder wizard:
The add-in is currently at ALPHA stage, and a fully functional Technical Preview version will be available in the coming weeks.
The drive pool
Its great to see a third party adding the Drive Extender functionality back to WHS2011. Information from Covercube.
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