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Originally Posted by Darren9 View Post
AFAIK its the same as separate drives, if one fails you lose what's on it but can recover the other. I'm not sure how they fill either, one first then the other??
I see. Well, I'll keep it on the backburner as I gather more info. Thanks.

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Originally Posted by _02 View Post
You could also create a virtual spanned volume in Windows. I think you can do it in disk management pretty easily, and it just puts two drives together into one virtual volume.

I haven't used it, so I'm not sure if there are any gotchas.

Also, does JBOD require you to format the disks and add them to an array? If so, and you really don't have any space to back your data up on, you could be stuck. If it matters to you, I have three old SATAII drives in a RAID0 array for a while now with no nightmares. They were actually ridiculously easy to put into software RAID0 and I haven't had to touch them since. And they are definitely faster.
This virtual spanned volume seems interesting. I had no problem when I did originally put these drives into a RAID, it's just that I move my computer around occasionally and I just know that I'll catch that one little slip where I start my computer without one of them and then I'm toast. Speed is not an issue, though, as these are just dumping places for files.

EDIT: It appears that spanned volumes are in the running, though the Wikipedia page cites their complete lack of fault tolerance. Am I to understand fault tolerance as this: spanned volume over the G: and H: drive; start the computer without H: drive plugged in; boot to desktop; realize mistake, shut down; plug in H: drive; restart, boot to desktop, all info is gone.

Because that just seems silly to me that it would be so flaky. I can understand a drive dying, because then the info dies with it, but come on.
Edited by CasanovaFly - 6/13/11 at 6:04pm