Initial Impressions

The installation was easy and painless.  A newbie could handle it easily.

Adding a protected drive to the system was also painless and easy.  Realize that the excess space on the larger of the two added drives is lost, just like on RAID1.

Adding discs to the protected drive is easy.  Click on the Extend Drive option.  You need to add disks two at a time, but extension of the drive pool should be pretty easy to accomplish here.

You can use USB drives with DriveHarmony, even old IDE ones.  I’m not sure that it makes sense in a production environment, but if you need to, you can.

You can add multiple protected drives.  There is no limit to the number of drive pools that can be created.  Having several drive pools for different data may make some sense, particularly if you intend to recycle some older drives in your WHS2011.  You can use drives up to and including 3TB in size and the total size of all pools, protected or unprotected, can be up to 32 TB in size.

The performance of the system that I am testing this on will be subpar since I am using USB drives on a VM and one of them is an IDE drive.  Even so, responsiveness was fine and there was no sluggishness in the dashboard while using this add-in.  While your mileage will vary, I expect very good performance in real-world hardware and software conditions.

Having seen the relative ease of adding RAID1 type protection, I am left wanting the ability to implement the more-efficient RAID5 protection with this tool.  If DataCore added that, I would be very happy and would be willing to pay a premium over the base offer if it was reasonable.

Pricing is still TBD.  I am willing to pay a reasonable amount for software that works, and this works.  I am very curious about pricing and will let you know as soon as I know.

Overall, this is a compelling solution to the drive pooling issue.  I’d buy it myself.  How about you?  Are you ready to give it a spin?

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NOTE: This article was updated to clarify the size of usable drives and the maximum size of pools that can be managed with this tool.