Originally Posted by dbone1026
Why would the process of unraveling the files be a nightmare. Simply shut off duplication when you want which will remove the second copy. Then as you remove a drive any data on that drive would get moved over to the remaining drives. Unless you have a different process in mind?
So that I understand this, let me apply an example and you can tell me if this is correct or what parts are wrong.
I have a WHS with a 1.5TB root main drive and 3 x 2TB drives. This give me just over 7TB of total storage (accounting to 20GB of WHS software and what not). I plan on adding 4 x 2TB drives which will expand my total physical storage to 15TB (give or take). Of the 15tb I have about 6TB of rips, audio and photos. If I turn on duplicate on these shared folders, the files will be duplicated on a seperate physical hard drive. This will reduce my logical storage to 8.5TB (8.5TB would be duplicate).
When I am ready to move to a different solution such as RAID or unRaid, I would turn off duplicate, then remove the last drive four drive (8TB of data) which will contain ONLY duplicate files, correct? I could then mount these in an unraid or raid box and format the drives. Then copy the files from my WHS (8.5TB) to the raid server and verify transfer. Then add the WHS drives to the RAID which would then format those drives, correct?