Drive Bender v2 beta 1… what’s it all about?

Well after a feverish development cycle, we got the first beta out, and we are very happy with the results! There are a bunch of changes, with many of them being “under the hood” so to speak, however the most obvious is the new client interface. Earlier this year we prototype’d a new “compact” interface (reference –, this was the basis of our re-design. The big change is that the old tabbed interface is gone, the v1 interface used a number of WPF controls, which while looking cool, could really bog down the loading times… in v2 there is now only a single view that is much nippier.

The new Drive Bender v2 interface under Windows
The new Drive Bender v2 interface under Windows

This new interface has also found its way to the WHS addin, doing away with the tab interface has also improved the load time of the dashboard.

Drive Bender under WHS 2011
Drive Bender under WHS 2011

This beta release also bring with it the ability to add networked drives to a pool, so you can effectively add any drive or device that you can reference using a UNC address.

Adding a networked drive to the pool
Adding a networked drive to the pool

Adding the networked drive is very straight forward, enter the UNC detail and then perform a test of the target address, if the test passes you can add the drive to the pool.

Finally the plan was to release the new “Landing Zone” feature with beta 1, however this was pulled at the last minute… so we will be releasing beta 1.1 in coming days with this new feature enabled.

If you would like to check out the beta for yourself, you can download it from

Stay tuned, there is heaps more to come!

One thought on “Drive Bender v2 beta 1… what’s it all about?”

  1. I have a DB license and there is one feature I have on several occasions wished was there.

    I just love the entire concept of using a plain file system and rather managing the files instead of obfuscating them. The file duplication is just gret … BUT …

    I have on occasion wished I could specify the level of duplication. My thinking is that for files I am paranoid about I would set it to duplicate to ALL drives, or any number I find my paranoia to require.

    Is this something you could implement quickly and easily?

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