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I'm in the process of piecing my new media server together and need some opinions. I will be using Windows 7 and I can't really make up my mind on FlexRAID, Stable bit or Drive Bender for drive pooling.

For just pooling drives does one have more features than the other? I'm not really looking for any raid or parity for redundancy.

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Have you taken a look at storage pools in windows 8? Cheap upgrade, easy to maintain and well supported.
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Yeah I have windows 8 on my main PC. I wasn't really into using it on a server though.
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I really like Win8 for my server-box. My system drive failed on my WHSv1, so instead of putting it back on I gave Win8 a shot and think it's much improved.

The only downside is that since it's not a "server" software it doesn't do the automatic PC backups for your clients, but I'm sure there is 3rd party for that.

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What about Windows Server Essential 2012?
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Yeah I have windows 8 on my main PC. I wasn't really into using it on a server though.

Why not?
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I am currently using UnRaid, but possibly thinking about building a new server and using FlexRaid due to being able to use multiple parity drives.

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Why not?

Well... While I really like Windows 8 i think it creates more action by me to do basic stuff. Going back and forth from Metro is pretty annoying. I might give startisback a chance when I find some time. http://startisback.com/#home-tab
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I am currently using UnRaid, but possibly thinking about building a new server and using FlexRaid due to being able to use multiple parity drives.

From what I have been reading about Flexraid you can only use multiple parity drives when using Snapshot mode. Its not a big deal because I still don't know if I was going to use them for anything more than drive pooling.
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From what I have been reading about Flexraid you can only use multiple parity drives when using Snapshot mode. Its not a big deal because I still don't know if I was going to use them for anything more than drive pooling.

I didn't know that. So, far I've been pretty satisfied with UnRaid, but I will be increasing the amount of HDD in my server, and only having one parity drive doesn't seem enough.

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I have DriveBender and really haven't had any issues. It does what I want: pooling drives.

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