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.

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The original post can be found at:

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/whsvailbeta/thread/92977d6c-bd5a-4a0b-b0ab-166f4e7914e0

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.

Features:

  • 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.

For any questions, you can contact them @ http://stablebit.com/Contact