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  Reply # 1019534 6-Apr-2014 17:24 Send private message

hagrid:
andrewNZ: You could look at Stablebit DrivePool and Scanner. I use it, and it's awesome. There's a 30 day trial too.

DrivePool pools your disks and presents one large virtual disk. Pool disks can be any size and don't have to be the same. It even allows duplication of the folders you chose.
Scanner monitors disks and gives DrivePool the ability to avoid using hot disks and evacuate disks detected to be failing.


Does it still show the individual drives in My Computer I assume it does. 


It does, but you don't have to touch them. I've changed my disks from drive letters to NTFS mount points, they're still accessible, but kind of hidden that way. 
Keeping 2 copies of specific items is possible, but you'd have to either finely manage it, or have a favorites folder.


DrivePool is like RAID in many ways, but far better for the average user IMO. I'd seriously recommend trying it, you can always decide you don't like it and unstal it.
  • Files are always intact, so you don't lose more data than what was on a disk. Folders may be split across disks.
  • You can add/remove/swap drives at any time.
  • You can add disks with data on them and you won't lose data.
  • Disk size doesn't matter.
  • If Scanner detects trouble it will tell you, and if it's bad DrivePool will attempt to evacuate the disk.
  • If a disk is hot it is avoided if possible.

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  Reply # 1019539 6-Apr-2014 17:36 Send private message

andrewNZ:
...you can always decide you don't like it and uninstal it...


If one was to uninstall the application, would they then lose any 'pooled' data that they had stored through the drivepool application?



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  Reply # 1019540 6-Apr-2014 17:38 Send private message

Thanks for the ideas everyone :)

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  Reply # 1019541 6-Apr-2014 17:41 Send private message

hagrid: Thanks for the ideas everyone :)


No Problem, I hope someone gave you something you can use. smile

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  Reply # 1019554 6-Apr-2014 18:45 Send private message

dandamann:
andrewNZ:
...you can always decide you don't like it and uninstal it...


If one was to uninstall the application, would they then lose any 'pooled' data that they had stored through the drivepool application?
No. Another thing to note, the support is very good, and they'll happily answer any questions whether you've purchased the product or not.

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  Reply # 1021023 9-Apr-2014 09:23 Send private message

Ahh ... memories. Reminds me of my previous life before I purchased a NAS.

I recommend Synology Diskstation. The operating software is a breeze and they have brilliant iOS and Android apps to boot.

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  Reply # 1021025 9-Apr-2014 09:26 Send private message

Sideface:
NonprayingMantis: have you considered that in the world of high/no limit data caps, vdsl/ufb speeds, and services like Netflix and bittorrent,   there is not really much need anymore to store TBs of TV/movie data anymore, since you can instantly stream, or download in minutes, whatever content you want whenever you want it.

Most of us don't live in this Utopian world.
So for the time being we need local storage that we have control over.
I vote for NAS.


Easy enough to join that Utopian world.  Considering the expense of storage, if that were put into a decent connection you'd quickly find you don't care so much about storing things long term.  That's what happened to me anyway.  I still have a drive full of stuff but I'm far less anal about losing any of it now. 

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  Reply # 1021150 9-Apr-2014 12:32 One person supports this post Send private message

gehenna:
Sideface:
NonprayingMantis: have you considered that in the world of high/no limit data caps, vdsl/ufb speeds, and services like Netflix and bittorrent,   there is not really much need anymore to store TBs of TV/movie data anymore, since you can instantly stream, or download in minutes, whatever content you want whenever you want it.

Most of us don't live in this Utopian world.
So for the time being we need local storage that we have control over.
I vote for NAS.


Easy enough to join that Utopian world.  Considering the expense of storage, if that were put into a decent connection you'd quickly find you don't care so much about storing things long term.  That's what happened to me anyway.  I still have a drive full of stuff but I'm far less anal about losing any of it now. 


I think you're forgetting that a sizable portion of the population simply can't get a decent connection. I have ADSL1 and the connection is fairly congested during the evenings and weekends (often during the day too). There is no plan to upgrade service in the foreseeable future, (UFB is never coming to my house at this stage).

I agree it's silly to spend loads of money storing TB's of media that can be acquired again, but the line everyone can just stream or download content in minutes is a fairytale.



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  Reply # 1022186 9-Apr-2014 14:15 Send private message

Just spend $100 bucks and get another 2tb drive and mirror the media drive.. forget about externals - use your externals for an offsite backup or to take the media places

RAID is the way to go for redundancy. Your mobo probly has it built in. 

Another option would be to have the RAID 1 and plug your external 3tb into your router and use it as a NAS? 

Another option is to buy a cheap PC off Trademe and fill it with disk and stick it somewhere in your house (maybe cupboard) network attached and use it as your backup location.

NAS is a great choice but they are an expensive option 

Sorry to say but if you want redundancy it will cost ya.

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