FlexRAID-View Explicit Configuration

If you are looking to have the most control over your View configuration or want to be able to configure the View to work with a folder structure that is already in place, you will want to use the Explicit View configuration.

Explicit view configuration example:

-K:\
|-*D:\
|-*P:\
|-*R:\
|-+D:\Data\P
|-+D:\Data\config.txt
|-<My virtual folder>

-K:\My virtual folder
|-*D:\Data\D2
|-*D:\Data\D3
|-+D:\Data\R0

-K:\Data\R0
|-*D:\Data\D1
|-+D:\Data\o1.test
|-<My other virtual folder>

-K:\Data\R0\My other virtual folder
|-+D:\Data\vTest.txt
|-<My empty virtual dir>

DRIVE: specifies the drive letter you want your FlexRAID-View volume to be on.

UNIQUE: a semi-colon separated list of values specifying your unique volumes (partitions) mount points.
This is needed so that if you have your drives mounted in folders like (C:\D; C:\E; C:\F), FlexRAID-View could understand that such paths point to unique disk partitions.

RESTRICT: a semi-colon separated list of values specifying the volume(s) to restrict from the space management.
When a volume is restricted, only data meant for that volume is allowed to be written there.
If another volume runs out of space, the space from a restricted volume cannot be used.
For instance, you might want to add your C:\ drive to the view, but you might also want to restrict it so that its free space is not used when another drive runs out of space.

RESERVE: the reserve space should ideally be between 3-5GB (more if the average file you write is larger, less if otherwise, but not less than 2GB).
FlexRAID will fill all your drives until they each reach the “reserve” space amount before it does a more intricate disk space management.
It is not necessary to ensure that your disks have this amount of space available.
This “reserve” will be applied going forward.

THREAD: think of this as the number of highway lanes do want on your FlexRAIDFS.
A single lane might work just fine in light traffic (with just a few cars on the road) and too many lanes are just wasteful (waste system resources).
Most users should use a value between 1 and 10 (I have mine at 5).
Advanced users should do their own benchmarks. 

REMOVABLE: whether to create the virtual drive as a fixed drive or as a removable drive

Now, the view definition.

The first view you define has to be the root view (-driveLetter:\).
After you’ve defined the root view, you can then define its sub views.

A “-” specifies the containing folder (Ex: -K:\)
A “|-*” means, merge this path into the containing folder
A “|-+” means add this path as an element of the containing folder
A “|-<…>” defines a virtual folder (which is always a child of the containing folder)

A virtual folder only exists through FlexRAID-View and is used to virtually organize your data without cluttering your filesystem.

Note: Path configurations in Explicit Merge mode are case sensitive.

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  1. zombie February 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM #

    Virtual Views?? I was sold on this description that I found for views: “How about showing your music files based on the files tag attributes? A “Year” folder that shows all the songs in your collection in one folder based on the year specified or an “Artist” folder that shows all the songs a given artist either performed or was featured on in one folder? How about showing all the files that were modified during a date range in one folder?”

    How are these virtual views configured to show music based on ID3 tags or modified dates?

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