Step 4: Install DriveHarmony

I downloaded DriveHarmony’s installation package to my EP-121 and moved it over to my MSS in the Software share.  In order to install it on this VM, I copied the EXE file called DriveHarmony.exe to the desktop of the WHS2011 RC server VM.  Of course, I read through the release notes included in the installer package.  One word of warning: this beta is a limited 30 day beta and there is no upgrade path, so test only and do not run this on a production box!  Once it expires, all data on the protected drives will be unreadable.

Once the exe file is on the server desktop, double click to invoke the installer package.

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While this add-in does not use the MSI installer technology that other WHS2011 add-in’s use, the installer will be very familiar to anyone who’s installed software onto Windows systems before.  The installer asks for permission to install the drivers.  Click through acceptance responses to each challenge posed by the installer.  I accidentally clicked on the Don’t Install selection at one point; installation failed until I rebooted the server.  Otherwise, this was easy as pie.  Once the installation completes, reboot the server.  After the server reboots, open the Dashboard and you’ll see a DriveHarmony icon.  Very cool!

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Step 5: Create a Protected Disk

Click on the DriveHarmony icon.

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Select Create Protected Drive.

I added the two USB drives to a protected drive.

DriveHarmony formats the drives. Note that the protected drive will be as large as the smaller of the two drives. All extra space is lost, just like normal RAID1.

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The protected drive showed up in my system as Protected Drive 1 and was assigned a drive letter of F.  Note that the size of this protected drive is 365GB, the formatted size of the smaller 400GB IDE drive that was used in the pair.  The excess space on the 500GB drive is lost.

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It took 17 minutes to get to this point.