Windows 10: Can you combine external drives into a MEGA external drive?

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Combine External Hard Drives to Form MEGA external drive? Possible?


    I have an external hard drive that I connect to my router and I back up important files to. But I'm reaching the external hard drive's limit of 1 TB. I was wondering if I could combine several external hard drives so they act like one HUGE MEGA DRIVE. :)

    I was doing some research on the internet. Looks like you can combine external hard drives in RAID via a NAS but I don't have the money to waste on a NAS. I'm not sure what a spanned volume is but it looks like you'll need a spare operating system to make the drives work together which I don't have.

    Can one of you experts just tell me the best way to get this done? It seems something simple.

    Is there just a simple way to stack a lot of external hard drives together in an old spare computer case and have them simply act as a one huge external hard drive? So, the cost would only be the external hard drives themselves. For example, get like two 1-Tb hard drive and connect them together with RAID so it's ultra safe?
    Last edited by CerebralFreeze; 1 Week Ago at 18:33.
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       1 Week Ago #2

    It may not meet your needs but I have 2 x 2TB NAS drives attached via Ethernet cable to my Router. I haven't set up RAID on them but any computer connected to my Router, wired or wireless, can map them for simple file storage and access. To do it with a 4-port Router required me adding an 8-port Gigabit Switch. Also have 2 Networked HP printers connected, Laserjet and Inkjet, with same accessibility as the NAS drives.
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  3.    6 Days Ago #3

    As this Microsoft Support note clearly states you can use external drives for Storage Spaces:
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    See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...storage-spaces for more info.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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