We currently have a box with 2 1 TB hard drives in, yesterday I installed FreeNAS and have been playing with the functions, its a very nice bit of software but I'm a little confused by the pooling aspect.
By the end of the year I'd like to have 6 drives in the machine (it can handle it, I checked) of varying sizes from 500gig to 2TB.. I'd love all the space to be pooled into one folder /pool and of course have the data spread out so if a drive dies.. I can swap the backup one next to it in without too much of an issue..
A lot of the ZFS tutorials for FreeNAS seem to have been written over a year ago when ZFS was in the beta stage.
At the moment the easist thing for me to do looks to be installing Window Home Server with its drive extender but that seems to have been EOL'ed and removed from the latest beta so in a year or two we would have to start all over again.
So at the moment I'm looking for advice, what should I do?