Looking for opinions here. I'm about to update my server hardware and I'm contemplating how best to manage my storage drives. I currently have 4 HDD's holding my movie collection, non-Raid, just single drives each with it's own drive letter. I then have a matching set of 4 HDD's that I use to backup each of those drives. Yes, it's a bit cumbersome, but it works and I have data security.
So, with the new hardware upgrade (not that hardware has been a limitation), I'm looking at ways of making things easier.
Using FlexRaid, I believe I can use pooling to make the 4 drives appear as a single drive letter. Which makes my current configuration a bit easier to manage.
I'm also considering using FlexRaid with Parity, which I believe will eliminate my need for my current redundancy. My question then (keeping the current number of drives and not losing storage space), is which would you guys recommend, simple pooling with a complete backup/copy or pooling with parity, which even with 2 parity drives should increase my usable space?