(guide version 0.2 beta for drivepool build 22.214.171.12408 release)
This version of the Guide assumes that you keep the standard system (C:) and data (D:) partitions on the first disk, you have version 126.96.36.19908 (or thereabouts) of DrivePool, and your pool's safety is more important to you than speed.
NOTE: if you are reinstalling WHS because your old system disk is no longer available, you can begin at step 4.
Step 1... If you still have content on C: or
such as default WHS shares or other folders which you have not yet moved to the pool (or to some other storage device), consider doing so now.
Step 2... If
is still in the pool, remove it from the pool via the DrivePool tab.
If you do not have enough space remaining in the pool to do this, you will have to choose between deleting data, moving data to an external non-pooled disk, or adding another disk to the pool (or whatever else gets the job done).
Step 3... Shutdown WHS.
Step 4... Have connected only the disk that you intend as the main WHS disk. Anything on this disk will be lost. Perform a clean install of WHS, then connect the rest of your disks. Using the Dashboard, add your intended users.
Step 5... Install DrivePool. Reboot. It should recreate your pool. Consider taking this opportunity to change the DrivePool drive letter to something like Z: or P: or whatever.
Windows has an annoying bug of sometimes bumping drive letters if you add a new drive later on, so pick one far away from your existing drive letters if you can. If you change it, reboot again. Note: changing it now is a lot easier than changing it later when you have shared folders in the pool!
Step 6... Your folders in the pool will not be shared, including any of your old default WHS shares that you kept in the pool. Use Explorer to rename the pool's ServerFolders directory (e.g. from P:\ServerFolders to P:\ServerFoldersOld). Don't rename the new one on
Step 7... Now use the Dashboard's "Move a folder" task to move each of the new install's default WHS shares back to the pool, then set their Duplication levels as desired. Next, use Explorer to move the contents of the old folders into the new ones (e.g. P:\ServerFoldersOld\Documents\* to P:\ServerFolders\Documents\*), then delete the now-empty old folders.
Because we are using Explorer to access the pool drive directly this should be quick IF the duplication levels of the old and new folders match. If you don't use the default WHS shares or do not want them in the pool, skip this step. WARNING: Do NOT replace the new folders with the old ones, just move the CONTENTS. Personally, I don't keep the Client Computer Backups folder in the pool; YMMV.
Step 8... For your custom shares use "Add a folder" (NOT "Add a folder to the Pool") and "Browse" to each folder on the drivepool drive that you want to share again. Fill in the share name, next, set access rights, done. DrivePool should remember your duplication settings from the old pool; change these if you prefer something different.
Step 9... Set your share permissions for the default WHS shares, then force a consistency check (Pool tab). That should be it.
The quick and dirty "of course I know what I'm doing!" summary:
Install WHS on new disk.
Connect the rest of the disks.
Install DrivePool. Reboot.
Optional: change pool letter and reboot again.
Rename "pooldrive:\serverfolders" to "pooldrive:\serverfoldersold".
Move default WHS shares to the pooldrive.
Move contents of the pooldrive's serverfoldersold's subfolders into the pooldrive's serverfolders's subfolders.
Add the rest of your custom shared folders.