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Does DP support filling disk-at-a-time (minimize folder splits)
Hi there, evaluating DrivePool, I'm a little confused on how to set DrivePool to fill a disk at a time instead of scattering my files across multiple disks.
This is critical because all my disks spin down when not in use, and if lets say a Bluray or DVD folder based rip, or a sequential series of photos has been scattered multiple pool disks, then the pool will appear to freeze when a movie needs the next VOB/M2TS file or my photo viewer is trying to load the next photo.
Any advice? Thats pretty much my last stumbling block before purchase. Thanks.
I really hope DP adds the ability to fill a disk at a time automatically to minimize folder splits.
Drivepool is not really designed for what your trying to do your trying to switch of all the functions of drivepool and do it all manually.
While I am sure it is possible to do what you want I doubt it will be as straight forward the software is designed to combine multiple drive's and spread the data across the drives using simple file placement rather than creating complicated raid arrays.
In the end all your drives will end full with data anyway so why not let drivepool do it the easy way instead of making it complicated.
Minimizing folder splits is important for files that are sequential in nature -- photos, videos. If I dump thousands of photos from my camera onto the pool and they end up on all different disks, then when I go to review them later the pool will appear to freeze as I'm moving through them because of having to spin up additional disks.
Or take the example of a DVD or Bluray folder based rip. If I begin playing the movie and the next VOB file is on another disk, the movie will freeze while the next disk spins up. That's a dealbreaker. And converting them to MKV or ISO is not the answer, there are reasons and advantages for keeping them folder based. If I wanted multiple disks spinning up to access pool data I'd just stay hardware raid.
Alex already got back to me and is considering the option. The fact its been requested before means other people would benefit and thats a good thing.
I think the developers of DB had some great foresight building a modular plugin architecture into the software so that functionality could be extended quickly without major rewrites or reengineering.
This is going to be a boon for people that have their disks set to spin down after a period of inactivity, since minimizing folder splits means minimizing the need for multiple disks to spin up when browsing through files that are sequential in nature.
Was going to bug Alex about that next, but didnt want to risk sounding ungrateful since he banged out the "Ordered File Placement" plugin so fast. Will probably wait a few months. Maybe I'll start a thread on it. There are many reasons I could rattle off that the ability to limit specific folders/files to specific disks would provide useful, which I'll spare for another time - and I'm sure there are other power users that can think of a few (keeping related files together, or keeping certain files on faster disks or SSD's).
I'd like to organise my pool, the same way unraid do: specify spreading level for folders.