User Manual
StableBit DrivePool 2.X
A state of the art disk pooling application with file duplication.

Adding a Drive to the Pool / Creating a New Pool

(Build 555)

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Adding a drive to the pool is quick and easy. You can add a drive with existing data already on it, or a brand new unformatted drive.

To add a hard drive to the pool, switch to the pool that you'd like to add the drive to and click Add.

To create a new pool, click on the + button to switch into the Create a new pool mode.

Then just click Add. Creating a new pool takes about 30 seconds and will spawn a new virtual drive once it's done.

What happens when a drive is added to the pool?

When a drive is added to the pool, the virtual pool drive instantly expands in capacity equal to the capacity of the drive that was added to the pool.

The extra disk space is instantly available on the pool, and you can immediately copy new files to it.

You can continue to access the drive that you've added to the pool, and any existing files on it, just as before. It will still have its old drive letter and no existing data on it is modified.

When you copy files to any drive, even when it's part of the pool, the files are stored on that drive and not on the pool.

To copy files onto the pool, copy them to the pool drive letter.

StableBit DrivePool doesn't filter or modify I/O to any other drive on your system. It only manages the virtual pool drives.

If the added drive already contains some existing (non-pooled) data, then that will show up as Other in the main pool pie chart.

That Other data will not be visible on the pool and cannot be modified through the pool virtual drive.

Where do the files go when I copy them onto the pool?

When you copy a new file to the pool, StableBit DrivePool automatically picks one or more drives from the ones that you've added to the pool to store that new file. The file will be stored in a hidden folder on those drives.

At a later time, StableBit DrivePool may decide to move some pooled files from one disk to another. This is called Balancing. Balancing is performed automatically and without ever preventing full access to all pooled files.

StableBit DrivePool always stores your files in plain NTFS format, with nothing special added to them so that you can easily access them from any Windows computer (or any other computer that can read the NTFS file system), for recovery purposes.