Software combining several folders into one

Posted on 2003-03-04
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Hi there

Is there a windows software which allows you to put several folders into a pool, that is handled as one folder or kind of virtual drive ?
I use a Computer of leftover hardware as a fileserver
and I´ve got a whole bunch of small old harddrives in it.
I don´t need to have their capacity combined like using a raid.
Maybe a raid would be a solution, but as far as I know, there is no really working softwareraid, or is there.
Anyway I´d prefer a simple tool that just creates a virtual drive.
Thanx in advance.
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No, Windoze does not do that.

> got a whole bunch of small old harddrives

However, with NT specifically, running its disk administrator there's additional choices for volumes (MS unique term) and one I found useful, creating a striped set. So what I did was create a first partition on each HD, to make each bootable, for contingency & for multi-os. The rest of HD allocated to 2nd partition. Now, what they called a striped set can be used (MS term, not RAID), combining all my 2nd partitions into a single storage solution, accessed with single drive letter. I picked G for letter, meaning "general". Once it has the letter I can access from anywhere on network, but I was usually consistent in referring to it as G:. Suppose you had three 2 GB drives, and divided each in half. With three 2nd halfs at 1 GB each, the total is 3 GB, whici is 50% more than original drives that were, in fact, partitioned to have smaller sizes. I dunno if this is you style, it has some drawbacks, but it seems to fit in well with your intents, so,

Answer: create striped set of partitions, and you'll effectively increase (virtually) apparent drive capacity. if it is damaged, the OS is still intact.

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novell netware will allow you to have one volume (directory) which spans more then one drive
you can probably imagine what would happen if ONE of your drives fails!!

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volumes (MS unique term)

errrrr i think not!!!

novell has been using volumes since the earth was born
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This isnt exactly what you want but it may suffice...

On one of the hard drives create a folder, then right click on My Computer and click manage. then go to disk management. Right click one of the small hard drives, (not the one that you created the folder on)Choose change drive letter and path. Click add - and mount in this NTFS folder, Mount it in the folder that you created. You can do this with all the other HD's and delete the drive letters then if you want. After you do this, all of your hard drives will be, for all practical purposes, subfolders of that one folder.

of course this is assuming you are using win2k

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Software raid eeek. What OS are you runnning nt 4.0 w2k winxp? need mo info. Actually w2k software raid is horrable but nt 4.0's is.
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