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Storage Pool - Software

Hello
I have several HDD that I want to combine into one single drive with all space combined (storage pool)
I know that Windows has a storage pool utility in the config panel but was wondering if it's better to use a third party software, and if yes, which is the best?
Thanks
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Jean-Christophe GALLAND
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
It seems that for Enterprise usage FreeNas is the free "defacto"
Also Rockstor is catching up quickly and it has a better UI
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rindiCommented:
The Storage spaces which you get with Windows 10 is fine. You just can't use it with the system drive.With it you get something similar to RAID, So this also helps to protect against disk failures. It uses a new file-system (ReFS) which is better than NTFS, It helps to protect against file-system corruptions so you shouldn't need to run chkdsk on it. It also improves performance, beating most hardware RAID controllers...

All this of course still doesn't mean that you shouldn't backup.
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Jean-Christophe GALLANDKorea R&D DirectorAuthor Commented:
Rindi:
The HDD I am planning to group are empty but already formatted as NTFS. From your post, Windows Storage pool uses ReFS. So what will happen when I select and use my NTFS drives??
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rindiCommented:
Change the file-system to ReFS (I've only tested Storage spaces once some time ago, so I don't remember exactly how it was done, but I think you get asked about what to use when you set up the Storage spaces.
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Jean-Christophe GALLANDKorea R&D DirectorAuthor Commented:
FreeNAS is an operating system. What I am looking for is just a storage pool management software to be used within Windows 10
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rindiCommented:
Just open the "Control Panel", then click on "Storage Spaces". Now select "Create a new pool and storage space". Now you'll have to enter your Admin Account's name and password. You will now see a list of disks available for the pool and you can deselect those you don't want in your pool. When ready click on "Create pool". The next windows will allow you to create the storage space from your pool. This is where you can select the drive letter you want to use, as well as the File system type (NTFS or REFS). Choose REFS.

Below that you select the type of resilience you want (2way mirror, 3way mirror or Parity, and below that the selected item is explained.

Below that the disk space changes depending on the resiliency you selected. You can assign more space there, and when the available capacity is reached, you can just attach further disks.

When ready click on "Create storage space".
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Jean-Christophe GALLANDKorea R&D DirectorAuthor Commented:
Finally tried DriveBender and works fine. Thanks
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