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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:10 am 
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http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012 ... iency.aspx

Oh yes. This is something on my "wish list" for a while, with the nearest available being in Windows Home Server. What is it? Finally, the native ability in Windows to assign arbitrary disks to a storage pool and let Windows transparently take care of data distribution and redundancy within.

For example, currently I use 2x2TB hard disks in my main system for storage, set as a software mirror for data redundancy. If I want to expand the existing mirror (not far off!), I'd have the headache of buying another pair of disks and managing data between them. With Storage Spaces, I can just get another single disk, and the pool would increase seamlessly with the files being dispersed as required to maintain the desired redundancy level. It supports mirror and parity modes so you can balance risk and storage costs.

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That`s really good news! I always disliked the inflexibility of the common raid modes.
Now i can just connect whatever hard drive i have and set the storage pool properties afterwards. I hope this technique will work reliably without big sacrifices on performance!

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Reading the earlier link, the key reason for this is for data management, not performance, although they claim it will be "competitive" to raid 1 and raid 10.

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