Drive Bender | class leading storage pooling technology

What's it all about

How It Works

Pricing

Drive Bender is the class leading storage pooling technology for Microsoft Windows. Developed by Division-M, Drive Bender allows for file redundancy via file duplication, and unlike RAID, does not require any proprietary drive format or complicated setup.

Drive Bender presents multiple hard drives as a single pool of file storage. A pool can be represented as either a Windows drive letter, or a network shared drive. You can add internal and external drives, RAID devices, you can even add NAS devices to the pool.

Drive Bender is the most effective way to create a robust, enterprise level storage pool. Wheather you need one, two or 20 licenses! All licenses come with lifetime updates, access to our support ticketing system and community forum.

Pool management

Drive Bender utilizes a modern and powerful management client. This client allows for the remote management of the pool, mount points and hard drives. The client also provides real time information on file type usage, primary and duplicate file usage and I/O rates (for both the pool and the individual drives within the pool). In addition to the Drive Bender Manager, Drive Bender is shipped with a "no fuss", lightweight console application.

Performance

Drive Bender is built upon enterprise level technology that allows for high I/O throughput and high reliability. Large pool system performance is the best in the business, 1 drive or 50 drives, performance remains rock solid, something some of the competition struggle with. Performance is further enhanced through our Smooth Stream technology. Smooth Stream is a feature that can improve file streaming performance, i.e. file coping or video and music streaming.

Drive Bender provides the user with the ability to seamless expand their storage pool by simply adding a new drive when space is running low. The new drive can either be internal or external, IDE, SATA or USB... in fact, providing Windows sees it as a volume, Drive Bender can mount it! Adding a new drive expands the pool by the size of the new drive. Optionally, existing data within the pool is redistributed to the new drive to ensure the pool remain balanced.

Expandability

Merging

Drive Bender offers a merge capability, allowing a user to take a drive that contains existing files, and merge that drive (and its data) straight into the pool. In addition there is also a drive conversion feature. This can take and existing Windows drive letter, and convert this into a pooled drive. The end result is an identical drive letter that can be expanded with additional physical drives.

Drive Bender is all about multiple hard drives, and to keep your pool safe and performing at its peak, it is important to know the health of the drives attached. Drive Bender includes S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) monitoring technology. Each drive connected to the pool is monitored, should the S.M.A.R.T. engine determine there is an issue, a notification is sent for that specific drive. Under the hood, this feature is powered by Hard Disk Sentinel, the best S.M.A.R.T. monitoring technology in the business.

Hard drive S.M.A.R.T. integration

Server dashboard support

Drive Bender is shipped with native support for the Windows Server Dashboard. This integrates Drive Bender directly into the Windows Server Dashboard environment on platforms such as Windows Home Server 2011, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and beyond.

Drive Bender uses file duplication (optional down to the folder level) as its primary means of file redundancy. This means that any files written to the pool, are written to two physical hard drives simultaneously.  And unlike software based RAID solutions (i.e. Windows Storage Spaces), there is no performance hit when writing to the pool.

Redundancy

Landing zone

Using the landing zone feature you can specify a single drive that will be used to receive any new files written to the pool. This allows you to take a fast drive (i.e. SSD), flag it as the landing zone drive and dramatically improve the pool's write performance. Drive Bender will later move files from the landing zone, into the pool proper.

Thin provision allows a user to explicitly set the size of a mount point regardless of the size and number of the underlying drives. The total size being set can either be larger or smaller than the  physical size of the pooled drives. When the free space available is within a preset range (user adjustable), notifications are sent to the user, and the pool can be managed accordingly (i.e. adding more drives, clearing out redundant files etc).

Thin provisioning

Pooling drives on remote servers

Over the years we have been asked if it was possible to add a networked based drive to an existing pool. Well we are happy to say that, new to Drive Bender v2 ER1, you can add a networked server drive or NAS device to a pool. Drive Bender is able to add any UNC based resource to the local pool (even those requiring authentication).

Drive Bender is a true network aware application. We understand that some users will install Drive Bender on headless machines, so this is where the remote client comes into play. This allows full pool management from a remote machine, using the powerful Drive Bender Manage or Console applications.

Remote client management

Non destructive file system technology

One of the key Drive Bender features is its non-destructive file system technology. In short, this means that all drives within a Drive Bender pool utilize NTFS (or ReFS format if desired), and can be added to the pool without formatting. Again unlike RAID, all pooled drives can be removed and read on any machine capable of reading the NTFS (or ReFS) format.

Pool health is critical, and Drive Bender provides a simply email notification services. All that is required is to provide a target email address, and Drive Bender will send notifications if an issue occurs.

Email notifications

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