Originally Posted by mnn1265
I've yet to find the detractors of FlexRAID offer anything except opinion as to why it's "not ready" for use.
If it would help, I can share my less-than-positive experiences with FlexRAID-View.
I tried setting up FRV on a machine with a fresh XP installation. Currently the only setup method is manually editing a config file. After several failed attempts to create a config file that allows the service to start (even the main dev of FRV said the config looked fine), another user suggested I check each line for trailing spaces, which turned out to be the issue. Technically my fault, but manually editing text files that are so finicky that they are rendered unusable by a single trailing space is not exactly a user-friendly experience.
Once the service was actually running, I decided to test it out a bit before copying several TB worth of media to the system. There were weird issues from the get-go. I was unable to copy files to or create folders in the root directory of the FRV drive. Files copied to the FRV drive would occasionally be copied to the wrong directory on the actual drives. On more than one occasion, files were copied to nowhere
- windows went through the motions of copying the file with the progress bar and all, but the copied files didn't exist anywhere on the virtual FRV drive or on the actual drives. After a new build (which was intended to fix my problem specifically) caused the service to crash repeatedly, I gave up. This all took place less than a month ago.
To the credit of the FRV dev, he was very responsive to my questions - even when his responses were "Your computer may be haunted". During the week and a half I messed around with the software, there were 3 new builds released. While it's good to see he's keeping on top of the bugs, any software that still has that many bugs to be squashed in such a short period is clearly nowhere near ready for prime time. On the one hand, it's not fair to complain about the quality of free
software. But on the other hand, had I rushed in and moved all my data to FRV, I'd have lost most of it. The lack of a GUI, current instability, and proliferation of bugs lead me to believe the software should bear a "pre-alpha" label instead of it's current "release candidate" label.
Just to clarify - everything I just said only applies to FlexRAID-View
. The original FlexRAID parity-backup service has been out for a few years, and it works fine. I use it on my WHS server now. I have every expectation that, given some more in development, FRV will be every bit as useful and stable as FlexRAID. But take it from someone with first-hand experience - it isn't there yet.