(2012-07-10 05:27)Sliphorn Wrote:(2012-07-10 03:32)assassin Wrote: I have elaborated already on the benefits in multiple threads in the last few days.
Okay, I just now saw the links you added in post #2. The first I read before and was what interested me in FlexRAID. The second post I Hadn't seen. Nice info in there. So, I get that they're both excellent, but why is it that it seems like unRAID has a larger fan base here on the forums, and also on avsforums? I don't understand why FlexRAID seems to have a dubious reputation among some of the forum folks. Perhaps someone could clarify for me?
That's because unRAID is basically a stripped down Linux that runs from a USB stick whereas FlexRAID sits on top of an operating system like windows 7 or Windows Home Server 2011.
Flexraid gives you drive pooling (bunching up all your harddrives into one big drive) and parity, you can have multiple drive failures with Flexraid. Also Flexraid's filesystem sits on top of the existing filesystem. Therefore it does not touch the drive's filesystem. When you remove the drive from the pool you can read it as per normal in other computer with data intact.
If anyone wants to use unRAID, they would have to remove all the data, format drives then move the data back to them.
unRAID is popular because it just works, its a cheap way into file servers and runs off a memory stick. Flexraid combined with WHS2011 gives you drive pooling, parity and the benefit of WHS2011 shared folders, and backup tools