Originally Posted by Mfusick
You guys are over concerned with small files spanning drives.
It's a total non issue.
Lets say you have a music folder and you add a few mp3 files.. They go into that folder on that drive.
It's only when that drive fills up that it would get stored to another drive.
And not all drives. One drive. Inside a folder also named music.
If you broke down your array you would see you have a music folder on two different drives. Only reason it's on two drives is cause the first one was full.
I think everyone is over reacting to the whole "spanned across multiple drives small files" thing. It's not an issue.
When you break up your pool you don't have random small files all over the place.
The solution is of coarse in your pool have a small amount of top level drives with everything inside that.
Example: folder for video. All movies and TV shoes inside it. I have ten folders or categories in mine. HD not HD Bluray DVD TV shows Disney etc.. Those are my libraries I point my mediabrowser to. You have to set it up this way anyway if you want it to work properly.
Then on my pool I have folder called music: anything has to do with music inside. In folders. Organized.
Then I have folder called programs: anything has to do with programs inside
Then I have folder called documents: anything appropriate inside.
Then I have folder called misc.
So of I break my array up then everything is still organized in just a few folders.
It's not like my music is all over the place.
It's all inside a music folder. Perhaps on two drives but that's only because my music drive filled up. Otherwise Flexraid would keep filling the original drives this is the default.