Originally Posted by Defcon
Will disks that are part of Spaces still retain data in natively readable NTFS? That is one of the huge advantages of unRaid/DE. It sounds like Spaces will stripe data across each disk so this may not be possible.
Originally Posted by jhoff80
I would guess no, unfortunately. That's a slight concern of mine as well. The only hint they seem to give is:
The fact it calls it an unfamiliar partitioning scheme makes me think that it won't work.
It looks like the data will be readable by any Windows 8 machine though, which may be ok for me. It looks like you may be able to avoid stripping the data by using only 2 pair mirrors. I do not know if it is possible to continue to grow the pool by continuing to add mirrored pairs ( that is what I hope to do).
This is the question I saw which makes me think that data stripping may be avoidable it you use mirroring:
5 Jan 2012 7:08 PM
One question - if I have an internal 2TB drive, and an external 2TB drive as my pool, if I decided to take the external drive away (say for storage), what happens to the data on the internal drive? Is it accessible.
Here's why I'm asking. All of my holiday pictures, photography stuff and videos of my daughter are stored on a 2TB internal drive, which I use SyncToy to back up to two seperate external 2TB drives. One gets stored at my parents house, one gets stored with me.
If I create a "pool" of these three drives, can I still give the second drive to my parents for safe-keeping, keep the other unplugged, and have access to the data on the internal drive?
Rajeev Nagar [MSFT]
6 Jan 2012 8:23 AM
@ZipZapRap - although Storage Spaces were not designed for your particular mode of usage, you could achieve your goals by creating a two-disk pool (excluding the internal drive) and pretty much do as you described.