Hello new-solution-provider-I-just-heard-about. I just started the 30 day trial and had a few questions that I couldn't find the answers within the forum. Let me start by providing some history, which might be unnecessary:
I've been using Storage Spaces w/ReFs & file integrity for a couple years now. I had five 2tb old drives and two 10tb drives for about 13.6tb effective after 2 way mirror. I have it all in a single volume and it wasn't over provisioned.
Recently I went into StorageSpaces and saw that my usage was 100% while the drive was only at 62% used space of 13.6 tb. Strange. It wouldn't let me drop/remove a drive in Storage Spaces, so I physically removed a 10 tb drive, formatted & moved all my data across the network to that 10 tb drive.
I then deleted that storage space and recreated it. I started a new WD extended scan on the new drive in the new Storage Space and started testing / verifying file integrity was set by a few CLI commands. Well, while doing this, I noticed that while there was ZERO data on my storage space, somehow it is now showing 40% used. Same issue.
I noticed some other weird shit too, like showing 98.3% used on some drives but not others, and Optimize drive usage not working like it historically has. I don't think I can trust Storage Spaces, which pisses me off because I just spent $125 on upgrading to W10 Workstation for better ReFs support.
KEY DIFFERENCES / SIMILAR FEATURES: NOW, while researching new solutions, including Ubuntu + ZFS, I came across Stablebit DrivePool & Scanner. It seems to operate similar to Storage Spaces with some key intriguing differences:
I think you can see where each copy of a file is located on which physical disk. Can't do that w/Storage Spaces AFAIK.
All your drives show up in My PC with DrivePool *PLUS* your JBOD virtualized drive vs Storage Spaces which just shows the virtualized one
I think it handles bit rot by using Scanner to periodically scan your files which should trigger ReFs recalculation of the CRC. Storage Spaces does this automatically, so this is just a similar feature, not different.
Scanner seems to have a better GUI for evaluating health of drives. I have some old suckers in my array. I use CrystalDiskInfo and HWinfo to monitor usually.
Scanner can eject drives with issues from the pool. Holy crapballs this seems awesome.
QUESTIONS FOR THE BIG BRAINS / THOSE FAMILIAR:
Is my above statement correct about showing where each copy of a file is located when you enable redundancy?
Is my above statement correct regarding how BitRot is handled with ReFs & Scanner? If not, how would I be able to protect against this using DrivePool &/or Scanner?
GENERALLY I'M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT FITS THESE CRITERIA:
Ease of administration. I want to avoid using Linux if I can. I'm between a novice and an intermediate Linux user.
Has to be on Windows or Ubuntu because of GPU acceleration in Plex. I don't want to buy a separate NAS.
Has some level of redundancy and protection against Bit Rot. I want to "set it and forget it"
Would be 'nice' to see which physical disk houses each copy of a file.