Windows 8 Storage Spaces - Experience?

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Windows 8 Storage Spaces - Experience?
Aug 13, 2013

Windows 8 has provided a new and interesting method of managing hard drives. They call it Storage Spaces (or Storage Pool), and while it is somewhat similar to RAID techniques, it has more flexibility, and is much simpler to set up. All you do to set it up is select the drives you want to designate, and choose the method of grouping them:

1. Simple (maximum speed and space)

2. Double Mirroring (two copies of data stored)

3. Triple Mirroring (three copies)

4. Parity (resiliency with more space, lower speed)

There are other advantages such as adding more disks on the fly.

In any case, has anyone used it? Experience? A couple of specific questions:'

1. If this system is used on a shared network with other operating systems such as XP and Windows 7, can the storage pool drives be set up as shared, and become visible and usable from the XP and Win 7 machines?

2. If you have a Network Backup drive, like WD My Book Live, will it see and back up the Storage Spaces configured drive just like any other drive on the network?

It seems if this all works, it is a very flexible and powerful system for photography use. Here is a simple explanation of how it is set up. And a more detailed one from Microsoft. Perhaps Windows 8 actually does have some merit...

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