News StableBit DrivePool for Windows Home Server 2011 Coming Soon?

StableBit DrivePool for Windows Home Server 2011 Coming Soon?


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I just saw that a company named StableBit has announced on the Social Microsoft site that they have an Add-In solution for Windows Home Server 2011. Not much is known at this point, and no software download is available, but it looks like it might be offer some benefits to those who miss Drive Extender in 2011. We will let you know more as we get more information.


The original post can be found at:

This add-in will let you add multiple hard drives into one combined storage pool on the Windows Home Server. You can create folder shares on this storage pool, and each folder on the pool can either be duplicated or not duplicated. Files placed in duplicated folders will be protected against single drive failure by being placed onto two separate hard drives.


  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.

They go on to say:

The features list and screenshots are based on the current working ALPHA, so you can understand that there are some things still missing and subject to change.

This is the first announcement that we’re making, there will be a more formal announcement and a fully functional Technical Preview version available in the coming weeks.

We can only see screenshots so far.

The screenshots provided look cool.

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Timothy Daleo
Timothy Daleo is a Project Resource Analyst and Oracle Applications Trainer in Pasadena, California. In addition to financial analysis, Tim has been developing training materials since 2003 and supporting direct projects through various auxiliary databases since 2005.


  1. It certainly sounds interesting but my concern has always been if Microsoft couldnt get it right, and they developed the software, how much faith can someone put in an add-in developed by someone other than MS.

    I see everyone saying about Data Integrity – but it was months before the data corruption bug of V1 reared its very ugly head, so I personally would be careful jumping on something too quickly!

    But it is good to see people working on it!

    • I think we should all be cautious until it is proven to work. Remember that MS had a working version of DE but it was not “stable” enough for release.

      I will tell you though, I hope this guys company/code/Add-In is bought by Acer or Tranquil. I would like to see an OEM with this built in the way HP used to do it.

      • If Microsoft WANTED to fix DE then they could have, I hope that this solution makes the developer plenty of money!

  2. Well, would it not be an alternative for MS to release the DE-code and let the community try to solve it. Yes, if it succeeded it would be a face loosing moment for MS, but on the other hand it would create a closer relation between MS and the WHS and home entertainment communities.
    And yes this was a wishful thinking moment.
    Let see what this new contender and others can come up with.

    • Unfortunately I don’t see Microsoft ever relasing the code 🙁

      What will be interesting to see is how long people will wait before trusting their data to this or any other sort of add-in that offer this sort of “data protection”? Microsoft run betas with thousands of participants and then they still get it wrong…..

  3. I’ve been testing this for the past several weeks. There are still some some performance tweaking that needs to be done, and a few UI enhancements, but so far of the solutions I’ve seen this is the most elegant and most accurately replacing DE. It does everything you’d expect it to do, nothing more or more complicated, and all right from the dashboard. This has put 2011 back in play for me. Plus, the company is VERY actively updating it based on the feedback of the initial test group. This one shows real promise (and it’s going to be limitied to OEM’s as at least one of the other DE replacement options I’ve seen). Microsoft’s DE was scrapped because it couldn’t handle something it was never intended for – a BUSINESS high traffic server environment with applications running right on the drive pool. And since WHS was lumped in with SBS, DE had to go. This add-in is geared specifically for the HOME environment. Keep an eye on this one!


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