Originally Posted by stepmback
I eventually imagine going to Vail in the not too distant future and the removal of drive extender has me parinoid about how I am going to get all the data from drive extender into an Unraid storage configuration, specifically staging the data. In the next couple of months I will have filled up my HP 495 with 7.5TB of data. I would like to purchase and setup a solution when this occurs that will allow switching to Vail to pretty seamless BEFORE MY STORAGE BECOMES HUGE.
Correct me if I am wrong, but the best/easiest way would be to move the files directly from your drive extender storage to a seperate storage (in this case unraid). Then reformat all the data on drive extender with a Vail configuration.
Has anyone put together a process for migrating their extender storage to an unraid storage solution?
Well, if you migrate you have to ask yourself the question if it even makes sense to continue using the WHS as the front end for the storage. Unraid as well as most NAS will have very robust SMB capabilities built in, can do shares, etc.
So what you really might be looking at is using the WHS for some purposes (applications, PC backups, etc) and using a separate storage solution for your bulk storage requirements.
I migrated to Synology (not unraid) and here's what I did;
1. Turned off duplication on all folders.
2. Removed as many disks as possible from the WHS.
3. Installed those drives in as a new volume on the Synology.
4. Copy all shares over to the Synology (took about 2 days).
5. Once I was 100% certain my data was on the Synology and intact, I then proceeded to remove my biggest shares so that I could remove additional drives from the WHS.
In the end my WHS just has the original 1.5TB drive and a 2nd 1.5TB so that I can have folder duplication working for the few shares I left on it as well as duplication of my Time Machine backups (I still use the HP for Time Machine for a few reasons over the Synology which also supports it).