Tips: Mounting your drives as folders on Windows

 

This tip will allow you to mount your drives to an NTFS folder path rather than a drive letter as is customary in Windows, prior to include them in a FlexRAID Storage Pool.

While this is not necessary, it is considered as good practice, and has several advantages:

  • Prevents unnecessary spin-up of the drives when you open Windows Explorer
  • Prevents clutter in Windows Explorer by showing only your storage pool and not the drives that make up the pool
  • Prevents the risk of contention due to simultaneous access of the same file from the Storage Pool and the individual hard drive
  • Simplifies organization of your drives
  • Allows for the use of more than 26 hard drives as it is not limited by the number of letters in the alphabet

Launch the Windows disk Management snap-in. First, select the Start Menu, right click on Computer and select Manage.

 

Then click the Storage tab and finally select the Disk Management snap-in. You should now see a list of all of your drives.

 

Select the first drive you would like to configure for use with FlexRAID. Right click the drive and select Change Direct Letter and Paths…

 

Now it is time to assign an NTFS folder path to the drive.

Tip: While you can use any folder name of your choosing, I recommend numbering the drives. This is especially useful if you use the Storage Pool feature, as each drive name will match your Snapsthot RAID configuration (e.g. Drive01 = DRU1). You can also match those with labels that you would place on the drives to ensure they are organized physically in your server.

First add a folder named “mount” at the root of your C:\ drive. Then create folders for each disk you want to add to your storage pool. For example, C:\mount\Disk01.

Finally, select the Add button and select the folder you just created in C:\mount\.

 

If you had previously mounted the drive as a letter, you can remove that drive path by selecting the Remove button and proceed past any warnings.

 

Now you can rename the drive to match the mount point. After returning to the main Disk Management window, right click the drive and select Properties.

 

Enter the same name you used for the mount point.

 

Repeat these steps for each drive you wish to add to the storage pool. When you are complete you should see a list similar to the one below:

 

Here you are! You’re done, all your drives are ready now to be used in the Storage Pool! You can now follow this guide.

 


 

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4 Responses to “Tips: Mounting your drives as folders on Windows”

  1. Mike October 9, 2011 at 9:44 AM #

    This was an excellent idea, I don’t know why I never thought of it. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Dizzy August 12, 2012 at 1:13 AM #

    Once the pool is created the drives no longer have letter assignments, so I’m not clear where the real benefit is.

    If there are still good benefits, is it possible to do this even after you’ve created a storage pool?

  3. vletroye January 27, 2013 at 7:17 AM #

    I have the same opinion as Dizzy.

    IMHO, this tip does not make a lot of sense for drives intended to by added in the Pool. Once added in the Pool, FlexRaid will indeed mount them under C:\FlexRAID-Managed-Pool\…

    Maybe quite useful however for users not using the Pooling feature!

  4. m0t0k0 January 29, 2013 at 12:57 PM #

    If you have lots of drives you will run out of letters and have to add the in batches. Also it should mean that if you reverse your FlexRaid config all you drives are still mounted in the same place (in a folder)

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