A new Drive Extender offering is on the #160; PoolHD from Anvil AG is making a run at the expandable storage market with PoolHD and a promise that it will be simple, fast and #160; The first version was released June 18, #160; With a starting price of $ and a Windows Home Server 2011 / Windows Server 2012 Addin scheduled to release on June 26, 2013, the offering looks interesting. I am using a Window 7 VM with 2GB of RAM on top of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard w Hyper-V #160; The VM has a 60GB OS Drive with 4 x 50GB Data #160; Disk 1 and 2 are VHDx Dynamic and Disk 3 and 4 are VHDx #160; Downloaded the 30 day trial. It’s a very simple install. With few install options, I select all the defaults. It goes very quick. Click on any of the images for a larger view.   After a reboot, Drives E/F – Dynamic VHDx 50GB Drives Drives G/H – Fixed VHDx 50GB Drives An ATTO of the OS Drive C for a benchmark. Dynamic VHDx 50GB Drives with no data. Fixed VHDx 50GB Drives with no data Creating a New Storage Pool First Drive E #160; New Pooled Drive I Created Second Drive F Added Both Drives Now in the #160; Drive options available for the drive. Drives G and H Pooled to Drive J Drive Performance with Drives E and F Pooled to Drive I Drive Performance with Drives G and H Pooled to Drive J Transferring Data from Local Drives to Pooled Drive I (Click to see larger version).  The data moved was GB of mostly mp3 and mp4 files that are 50 – 300MB in size. Copied the same Folder from 3 Devices. From the Drobo FS From the Drobo 5N From the WHS 2011 Completed Transfer With the data loaded on the drives, the used space on drive I is 38GB split between E and F with 19GB #160; Turning on Duplication across the two drives Now Removing Will keep looking at #160; Lots that can be done #160; Leave your comments below.
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