Originally Posted by video321
I use SnapRAID, but may I ask why pooling is such a big deal?
I guess I'm having a hard time seeing the need for it - unless you have some old hardware players that don't support a merged library. What I do use are junctions so all of my devices can just point to single share for personal backup, software, pictures, movies, music, etc... To keep things neat I point each movie drive to show under the single "movie" share.
I also use Hard Disk Sentinel for monitoring which I setup to receive a detailed email every day for drive status.
While I cannot speak for the OP, drive pooling can make managing very large libraries much easier, especially if there are different media types involved. Sure, there are other solutions. A person could simply have individual drives for each media type and direct Kodi/Emby/Plex, or whatever at the different drives and define what each one is. This is cumbersome. Or, a user could put folders for each of those types of media on each drive as they are added to the array. Then the server can be pointed at each drive, with the folders then becoming additional paths to add to each media type for the library scans. This is not difficult, but it requires a few extra steps and also more places where something can go wrong. Or, a person can pool the drives and never have to worry again about defining paths for the library.
For instance, I have the following "media types" for my library to scan:
Anime movies (uses anime metadata manager and defines them as movies)
Anime series (uses anime metadata manager and defines them as television)
Movies (uses standard movie metadata manager)
Television (uses standard television metadata manager)
Music (uses music metadata manager)
Since I have pooled my drives, I only had to create each of those folders and then define precisely how they work one time. Then, as my pool fills up, I just add another blank drive and have nothing else I need to be concerned with. When you start getting to the point of 14 drives, this can be a much easier way to manage the entire array.