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    Okay for the purpose of helping others out I have written the following tutorial. If someone sees something I could do better or update please let me know. For this example I will be taking a 4 tb drive and a 500 gb hard drive with data on both and merge them into a new pool. To start this I have a folder on each one called movies. Inside this folder I then have 10 Movies for a total of what will become 20 movies on what appears to be one drive. 1. Open Drive Bender Manager 2. Select Pool Options with the drop down arrow 3. Select Add A New Pool and name it whatever you would like. If you would like to add a description you can. Also leave it as a managed pool as drive bender will tell the OS where files are on which drive versus you having to remember. Then click Create. Then Yes you want to add a new pool. You should see a screen like below 4. Click Create a mount point. Select whatever drive letter you would like along with a volume name. you should see a screen like below. 5. Click the plus next to one of the drives you want to add. So in my example from above I would click the plus sign next to y:\ 6. You will be present with a screen like below and make sure to check the "Merge the existing files into T:\(Or whatever drive letter you gave your drive)" and leaving everything else alone and click "Add". You will be prompted to make sure you want to add this drive to the pool click yes. Be patient as this may take awhile depending on the size of the drive and how many files you are merging. 7. Verify that the drive did get added correctly. Simply go to Windows Explorer and look for the drive letter you set for the mount point. During this time you will see that the drive you added is no longer visible. Select the mount point drive letter and verify your files are there. 8. Repeat steps 5 - 7 for however many drives you want to add to the pool that have data. If all went well you will see one drive now with all your media on it and a screen that looks like this. @jlr19, please let me know if this needs more pictures. I tried to type as detailed as possible but you know what they say. A picture is worth a thousands words.
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    Right off the top of my head I wouldn't have a single physical drive (multiple partitions) be in 2 pools. If the drive fails you will have to recover both pools. With that being said, it seems that copy (move) has to be done since this would be between partitions. I don't think you can have a single drive (partition) be in more than one pool.
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    You should take a look through these forums about non pool used. Over the next couple of days you should see the value go back to where it was before. I just ignore it.
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    Description on the create new pool is strictly up to you. Leave pool typed managed as this will keep your life easier. What managed does it allows Drive Bender to know where all your files are and then it tells the OS versus you managing everything and be a nightmare.
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    @jlr19, please be patient with me as I am trying to create a new pool on a system that already has a pool and match your needs.
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    Howdy jlr19, I will be more than happy to throw to spare drives and help you understand what needs to happen to get your media pooled using DB. Before I begin doing that I first want to make sure I understand what you are wanting to do. From what I have read here and on the Emby forum you are wanting to take the drive you already have and create a pool out of them. These drives already have media and stuff on them so instead of creating a pool from scratch you are wanting to create a pool based on media you already have. Is this correct? Thank you, MediaCowboy
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    Hi jlr19. When you added the drives, did you merge them or add them? You can add a drive letter to each drive and see what's on them. Let us know how you get on. CBers.
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    So the drives were not empty when you added them to the pool? If so, you need to get the physical drives visible again and copy the files into the pool drive letter. You can use Windows diskmgmt software to add a drive letter. Let's say your pool drive is P:, and you add drive letters e:, f:, and g: to your physical drives. Once you can see the original drive you will see some new files and one folder in the top of the drive that begin with { curly brackets. These are created by drivebender. For each of your e:, f:, and g: drives copy all of your data files to the p: pool drive. Don't copy the {xx} files/folders.
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    Anthony, thanks for keeping the updates coming. Drivebender remains a fantastic piece of software, and I have had few problems over years of use with none of them being critical. Installed new version and so far so good!