Originally Posted by Abula
How does that work without having the drive extender? you cant make a huge drive so how does the share have all the space?
By default, WHS2011 creates two partitions: C: (OS) and D: (shares). There are a bunch of named shares that point to folders on the D: drive. In the server management UI, you can move those folders to any drive you want. It's really just part of the file sharing functionality built into any Windows OS. It just so happens WHS creates so for you out-of-the-box.
After I add some drives, I moved my folders onto those drives and then used Disk Management to have the C: partition take the whole OS drive, removing the D: partition. I am doing internal backups twice a day using SyncBack to drives that have folders I do not share. It does require some hand management and thinking about what's going to go where but it's pretty simple so far. When my layout is done, it'll look like this:
2TB (Movies) -> 2TB (backup)
1.5TB (Recorded TV) -> 2TB (backup)
1TB (Music/Documents/Videos/Pictures/Software) -> 1TB (backup)
I use the WHS internal backup feature to backup the OS to a 250GB external drive.
I could implement that backups using volume shadowing but I prefer to not have deletes on the left-side reflected on the right-side to protect from accidental deletion, exception being the Recorded TV so that when episodes are deleted they are removed from the backup too. It's accidental deletion of movies (lots of work ripping) and docs/pix/videos (cannot be replaced).
Eventually I want to backup the non-replaceable stuff to the cloud. I am looking at various on-line backup providers but I have not made a decision. CrashPlan is in the lead right now.
I have no plans to use a 3rd party drive extender.