Has anyone had any experience with setting up a drive pool for the recordings from mediaportal or other media software. As you are aware, our recordings can get pretty big.
I currently have a 2TB drive for the recordings and noticed last night that it was getting full. Previously, I have changed the disks to dynamic and spanned them across multiple drives, however, in the event that one of the drives dies, all of the data is gone (without considerable effort to recover). I do have a spare 2TB drive that has not been installed in the machine yet. OS is Windows 7 Ultimate (32bit).
All of the recordings are stored into a folder called TV on the current 2TB drive. There are subfolders with TV1, TV2 and TV3 (not exact names, but, similar) that have about 800GB, and, another 800GB in the root of that point (ie, T:\TV\tv1, T:\TV\TV2, T:\TV3\ contain about 800GB, and the rest of the space is used by the rest of files and folders in T:\TV\). My first thought was to move the data in the 3 subfolders to the second drive, and, create a symlink (junction) from the existing points so that it appears to be the same. The problem with that approach is that I believe that the files get moved from the TV1,2,3 subfolders up one level when there are not multiple episodes so that would result in a simple move command ie, mv T:\tv\tv1\file.ts T:\tv\file.ts resulting in a physical movement across the drives instead of just changing the reference to the file.
What I would like to do is have multiple drives pooled together and present a virtual drive that is the sum of all of the existing drives, preferably while still having the data on each separate drive as normal NTFS data.
Large files (>4GB)
Ability to share the virtual drive (for other media players)
I've had a quick look through the options and have found these Drive Bender - Seems to do exactly what I want. Price is 40USD
Liquesce - Still in beta, however, looks promising.
My preference is free or low price. I want to keep it on the same machine (don't want to set up WHS or a linux machine for this).
Is anyone aware of/using any others?