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  1. Ned

    Balancing hardlinks

    Not an answer to the hardlink issue, but just a suggestion for another (possibly far simpler) way to fix some of these duplicate file issues such as with torrents - enable data deduplication (requires Server 2012 or newer). Then you can just copy the files - no need for hardlinks and DrivePool can keep treating all your files as normal files correctly - and Windows will handle the data duplication for you. Note that this will result in a highly fragmented hard drive, which may have some performance issues depending on your use-case - and can result in the counterintuitive situation where
  2. Note that the number of parity disks is a statistical risk thing - 1 parity disk can recover from 1 other disk failure, 2 from 2, etc. The risk of more disks failing increases the more disks you have but if you're happy with the risk, you don't have to have multiple parity disks. The parity will always be equal in size to the largest data disk you're protecting - so while it doesn't have to be the biggest disk you have, it can't be smaller. Note that you can have multiple different SnapRAID sets configured at once with different numbers of parity etc if you want to get
  3. Unfortunately at this stage dynamic disks is the only software-RAID in Windows that supports redundancy for the boot volume - a scenario which Microsoft continues to support and recommend when a redundant boot volume is required. This is something that can't be (officially) done using Storage Spaces, and as far as I'm aware, Microsoft has no plans to change this. Probably not an issue for those with large numbers of drives, but for those of us with smaller systems with limited numbers of drives, having a small redundant OS volume on larger dynamic disks, with the rest used for variou
  4. Thanks. One of the main reasons I was considering switching to DrivePool was for the greater flexibility - currently as it's quite a small system, I have multiple VM's and the OS all on a single mirror - this is obviously bad for performance. I figured with DrivePool I may be able to put the busier VM's on a different disk to each other and to the OS, which should improve performance. However I've just found out that you can't use dynamic disks in DrivePool (why? their explanation of the disks being more complex makes no sense - surely drivepool operates at the volume level, so who c
  5. WizTree reads the MFT directly rather than scanning the filesystem, hence why it's so fast. I'm guessing as DrivePool isn't an actual on-disk filesystem it doesn't have an MFT. To get WizTree to work, it would need to know that the DrivePool drive is not actually NTFS. WinDirStat and other similar products that scan the filesystem rather than read the MFT, should work I'd assume.
  6. Hello all, I have a Windows 2012R2 server with a 4TB RAID1 mirror (2 x 4TB HDD, using basic Windows software RAID, not storage spaces - can't boot from storage spaces pool) and some other non-mirrored data disks (1x 8TB, 2 x 3TB etc.) This is configured with the OS and "Important Data" on the 4TB mirror, and "Less Important Data" on the other non-redundant disks. The 4TB mirror is now nearly full, so I intend to either replace this mirror with a larger mirror, or replace this mirror with two larger non-mirrored drives, and use DrivePool to duplicate some data across them. I
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