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Does anybody recommend Drive Bender? See any problems here?

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Hi guys,

Long time lurker, first time poster and all that tongue.gif

Anywho, I'm finding a need to run a small server at home for streaming media and transcoding to no more than 3 computers and one phone (although not all at once), as well as an FTP server. I have a bunch of free computers I scored from my last job after a round of upgrades, so I'm looking at using probably an E2180, E6850 or E8700 and 4gb of ddr2 ram (or maybe 8gb if I can find the rest of it). The OS drive will be a 60gb Vertex 2 I also picked up for free.

I would like to use Windows 7 since I don't have the time (read: patience) to learn linux, and already have it sitting on the shelf at home.. I don't want to leave it running 24/7 either since electricity prices are insane in Australia, so I'm thinking having it hybernate when idle for however long, and WOL'ing it when needed.

The reason I'm looking at Drive Bender is I want to use all the random drives I have sitting around, ranging from 320gb to 2tb, as well as the 6 I have in my main computer, and still have them showing as one large pool. Is Drive Bender as good as it sounds on their site? Has anybody had any problems with it? Turns out its often on sale for 50% off for a home license too. Is there a better option available? I've tried Amahi but Fedora makes my teeth hurt frown.gif

Cheers,
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Never tried that program, but have you considered Windows Home Server? I know the first version (aka, V1) natively supports drive pooling. I think the second one can do it if via a third party extension or something.
    
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Interesting. Why not try it? They have a 30 day trial and you can use windows for a 90 day evaluation.
 
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Never tried that program, but have you considered Windows Home Server? I know the first version (aka, V1) natively supports drive pooling. I think the second one can do it if via a third party extension or something.

Isn't the drive pooling in WHS likely to eat your drives? Drive Bender is also available in a add-in for WHS2011..

Think I'll stick a test box together on Saturday arvo if I get time, I've wired the reset and power buttons in series to make it harder for my 18month old to turn in on and off tongue.gif
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I'm using Drive Bender now and I like it. The only issue I had was swapping motherboards unlicensed the software and I couldn't access the data until I had them clear it up on their end. Took about 2 hours for them to reply on a Sunday. I have multiple RAID 5 arrays that it makes into 1 pool for all my data. No issues with read or write speeds either.
    
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