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I have a lot of media storage going on with my 3tb hdds and I would like to keep adding to them with more drives. The problem is that each new drive takes up a new letter and this can be a pain when searching for media. Is there any way to consulate the drives into one letter and keep adding to them or is it much more complicated than this and is this why the Drobos are pretty pricey to pick up?

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Well with a drobo, I believe will just perform a raid setup on the drives and in that case you will end up having to reformat the drives to get them up and running inside the drobo.

I think you might be able to combine drives into a single letter via the windows disk management. You can setup a dynamic disk or something. But I think you have to also reformat again.
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Sounds like you are looking for drive pooling software. If you are using Windows 8 look in to using Storage Spaces.

If you are using other versions of Windows or want something w/ a lot more control you can look @ Drive Bender. This isn't free however.

There are other free Linux / FreeBSD storage pooling software available. But you would need a dedicated machine for these.
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