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  2. I've been using SB CD with OneDrive to archive all my old media. It's been painful as noted here: The CloudDrive has become unusable despite tweaking the settings repeatedly. I've moved to Google Drive and it seems to perform a lot better. The problem is that now I can't seem to download the data from the OneDrive to my local disk so I can re-upload to GoogleDrive. It's PAINFULLY slow and usually times out before a file can finish. With 3.5 TB of media on the drive I"m wondering what are the best settings to "empty" the drive to a local disk? These are my current settings:
  3. Jaga

    5 questions of a 30-day trial user

    Plex uses hardlinks, which aren't supported on the pool. Info on why from Christopher & Alex: Christopher also gave an official answer on adding the System drive to a Pool. It's a few years old, but I doubt it's changed much. So while it looks at first like a good idea to just start adding all your system drives to a pool, it's really only good to add the purely data-oriented ones and go from there.
  4. PoolBoy

    5 questions of a 30-day trial user

    I wasn't planning to install software in the pool. Just data files used by the software. That said I don't understand why Plex doesn't liked to be installed in the PoolDisk if looks 100% like a single disk to Windows. So I'm wondering what the limitations of the PoolDisc are. My guess is making a pool which includes a System disc is a big nono because Windows may get split up over several discs if it's not locked to one disc. That may cause Windows failing to boot if the DrivePool drivers don't load before Windows loads... Jaga, that answers all my questions. For now... :-)
  5. Jaga

    5 questions of a 30-day trial user

    Yep. After that's done you'll want to re-measure the pool in Drivepool's interface. The other way to do it is to copy/move files into the drive letter that was created when you made the Pool. It's more efficient that way, since files added to the Drivepool directly are auto-balanced between all pool drives. Takes slightly longer due to copying between drives, but the end result is better. From Drivepool Licensing: Q. What happens to my files on the pool when the trial license expires? Nothing at all. Your pool remains fully readable. The only restriction that goes into effect when the trial runs out is that you won't be able to create new folders on the pool. At this point you can choose to purchase a Retail license or move your data out of the pool and uninstall the product. Yep - it will move them between the hidden Poolpart folders as it sees fit (obeying any duplication/folder assignments you set) until the pool is evenly balanced between all of it's drives. The contents of the "Vacation2010" folder will have been scattered across all three, if it was moved into the virtual drive (new letter assignment) of the pool. It does this to automatically balance the pool out. That's by design, since everything in the pool will appear in the same folders as before - you just access the Pool through the new virtual drive by default. I for example have 9 drives in my new pool, with files scattered everywhere (and some folders duplicated up to 4 times). But it all looks normal through my single D: (Drivepool) drive. I wouldn't normally install software to the pool directly, especially stuff like Plex Media Server where the metadata doesn't play well. But the pool is great for storing data files. If you do need to install software and want the pool to hold it, you can install directly to a drive's hidden Poolpart folder. Be aware though - if you ever rebalance the pool, those files could be moved to other pool drives unless you specify they must stay on that drive (file placement rules). Sure, you can do that if you want to. Drivepool has "File Placement Rules" (mentioned above) that you can enable and enforce. It will place the files/folders that you specify on the drives you tell it to. They will never be moved off to other drives, and the space they take up there will be considered when rebalancing the pool. Questions are what we like! No need to worry about messing up orderly drives. Everything they held before can be accessed through the Drivepool drive's letter in one easy place.
  6. PoolBoy

    5 questions of a 30-day trial user

    Question #1 - Starting a pool I created a pool of 3 disks and nothing shows up in the newly created DrivePool. I searched a bit and in a old thread 2015 thread I found I have to manually seed the pool by moving folders into PoolPartxxxx. That works. Is it still the way things suppose to be done? Question #2 - After the trial epires I'm using a 30-day demo. What happens after that expires. Can I still access my files and copy them back were they once were? Question #3 - Balancing When DrivePool starts balancing my disks, does that mean it copies files between my 3 drives as it sees fit? If so that likely is great as long as I access my files using DrivePool but when directly go to my drives then the files will be scattered all over the 3 disks. An example to explain my question. Suppose the 'Vaction2010' folder contains all my video's and photo's from that vaction. I put that folder in the DrivePool. Where will the individual photo's be? Still all in the same folder. Or scattered over 3 drives as a result of balancing them? Question #4 - File access I guess a side effect of using DrivePool is that all software has to be 'relinked' to the files via the DrivePool disk and not the original disk? Question #5 - Mixing different speed drives My drives all have different speeds. Some things are on the faster disk because they are used more frequently. Other things don't require speed or are rarely accessed. Is pooling such drives wise? I ask because if I understand balancing, it could turn out my frequently used files end up on the slowest HDD Sorry for all the questions. I'm just a bit scared I totally mess up my well organized disks...
  7. Umfriend

    Maximum Space

    But duplication is irrelevant here either way as a space limitation could be solved by adding more 1GB volumes. But still a 3GB file can't ever be written to a Pool that only has volumes < 3GB.
  8. Spider99

    Maximum Space

    i was going by ... i created 6 1GB drives ... and ... looks like the space was slashed in half.... which indicates to me that he does have disks with duplication x2 on either way - i would ditch the vb setup and do it native
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  10. Christopher (Drashna)

    Reclaim space

    You mean on the provider side? Not really. You may be able to use SDELETE to do so though (as this zero's out the data)
  11. Christopher (Drashna)

    Migrating old harddrives to DrivePool

    If you moved the data into the PoolPart folders, did you remeasure the pool after doing so? If not, then do so now (located in "Manage Pool"`)
  12. Christopher (Drashna)

    Getting only 16.8 mbps upload to Google Drive

    Just a heads up: Those setting will cause issues. Try using 10 threads (upload and download). Unable upload throttling, for 75mbps. Set the upload threshold for 5MB or 5 minutes. Set the minimum download size to 20MB Set the prefetching to: * Trigger: 5MB * Forward: 100MB * Window: 20s That may help with your speeds. If not, try upping the upload threads to 15. If that doesn't help, and you live in the US, try a VPN, as your ISP may be throttling uploads to cloud providers (Thanks FCC)
  13. Anarchia92

    Slow "Copy" transfer rate?

    Hi, the driver where the cache is located is a Seagate Barracuda 2.5” 2TB SATAIII (the main Windows driver). It is in a sort of “RAID” with the Intel Optane Memory. My system is a Intel Nuc 7th i5. I made some other test in the last days. I copied some file of 20/30 GB without any issue with an empty cache. Moreover, when the copy is 40/50 MB/s, the use of HDD is lower than 100% (about 80/85). But, when the copy issue occurs, the percentage is always 100 and the entire system becomes very slow... Let me know if you need other info. thanks.
  14. Christopher (Drashna)

    How long are damage errors present in launchpads warning display?

    @Gordon Currie Could you open a ticket at https://stablebit.com/Contact and then run the StableBit Troubleshooter? @HomeServerAdmin Could you do so, as well? http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_Troubleshooter
  15. Christopher (Drashna)

    did i just lost 7~8 tb of data

    Well, hopefully, those should be good enough to get the job done That said, "alternativeto.net" is a great resource for finding software.
  16. Christopher (Drashna)

    Slow "Copy" transfer rate?

    Where is the cache located? what drive, and how is it hooked up to the system?
  17. Christopher (Drashna)

    CloudDrive with more than one computer.

    "situations where data corruption" ... if you have any "to upload" data, then corruption can occur, if you try reading the data in the cloud. Eg, when you have two (or more) systems reading and writing data from the cloud, you'd have to ensure that ALL of the data is written to the cloud before any other system could read from it. Otherwise, you'll get incomplete data. And if that incomplete data was the file system, that could show up as a RAW partition. Or, only part of an image or video. Etc. Basically, what is on the cloud is NOT the completed data, if there is any "To Upload" data. So, that really means that any time the drive is written to, it means that the cloud copy is no longer the correct or viable copy of data.
  18. Umfriend

    Maximum Space

    Yes, that is because you have partitioned the drives and added 1GB volumes to the Pool. DP does not split individual files over HDDs/Partitions/Volumes. So if you have a Pool that conssists of 1GB volumes, then the largest filesize you could ever write to that Pool is 1GB as that one 1 GB file needs to end up at _one_ volume. In theory, you could have a million 1GB volumes added to a Pool and your storage capacity would be huge but only for files that do not exceed 1GB per file in size. @Spider99: I think you misread his post. A Pool that consists of 1GB volumes can never hold individual files larger than 1GB.
  19. Spider99

    Maximum Space

    You have duplication on? If so your 4gb pool can effectively store 2x2gb So turn off duplication and it will allow you to copy the 3gb file to the 4gb pool.
  20. zanosg

    Maximum Space

    Im sorry but that isn't how DP works according to my tests. In VirtualBox I'm running Win7 and I have installed StableBit. Then i created 6 1GB drives to test with. I created pool of 1GBx4 and that should equal to 4GB DP, but it is not. It says that it is when i check the properties of that Pool but in reality its not because I cant write 3GB file to it. It says that it needs more space. It looks like the space was slashed in half. I do not want that. I want all the space available. Thanks.
  21. Umfriend

    Maximum Space

    With DrivePool, that is very easy. You have the 1x4TB+1x8TB Pool. Then you add the other 8TB HDD. Then you select the 4TB Pool and press Remove. DP will move the files out of the 4TB HDD and presto. It will take a while as it is actually copying TBs of data. There may be an issue with a few open files but that will work itself out.
  22. zanosg

    VM Windows 7 drives no longer appearing in DP 'non-pooled' list

    Sorry to bring this thread up from the stone age but I found it while trying to figure out the same problem I had. What you want to do is close StableBit and run DISKPART Then type LIST DISK Then type SELECT DISK (choose a disk number but dont end up selecting anything with important data because you will erase it) Then type CLEAN Then open StableBit again.
  23. zanosg

    Maximum Space

    Please go easy on me. I dont have much expirience but I do get by. Im an average user. I have tested StableBit in VirtualBox and from what I see I simply cant create what I want. Anyway, I have two physical disks. 4TB and 8TB. I would like to create a DrivePool and make it 12TB. Down the road when I purchase another 8TB I would like to be able to add the 3rd (8TB) disk to DrivePool, then remove 4TB disk without loosing any files. So the data that is written on 4TB would be moved to the new 8TB and then the 4TB disk will be removed from the DrivePool. Windows Storage Spaces do this beautifully and the only reason I am trying to switch is because I have 8TB and 4TB already in Storage Spaces but I built a new computer and when I moved the drives to the new computer the drives don't show up in Disk Management. Bios sees them, windows sees them in Device Manager but that's where it ends. I don't want to loose all the data by formatting them to create a new Storage Space. I understand the people will try to tell me that running drives in this set up is not a good idea due to back up but I do have a back up on a different computer. Thanks.
  24. Umfriend

    Reallocated Sectors - Drive Latency

    And it never hurts to have a look at Event Viewer just to see if there are IDE, ATAPI or DISK errors.
  25. Jaga

    Reallocated Sectors - Drive Latency

    That tells me the issue probably isn't with Drivepool, since accessing the media file through the hidden folder takes it out of the equation completely. Best first action (that you're already taking) is to replace the drive with reallocated sectors. Once that's done you can try playing back the same video from the hidden Poolpart folder (like you did before) and seeing if it's resolved. If not, copy the video file out of the pool and into the root directory of each pool drive (so it's on the drive but not inside the Poolpart folder) and test it on each drive for latency issues. It might help illuminate if any of the drives are problematic, or possibly if their controllers or cables are potential issues. The load cycle count is an artifact of a drive spinning down, spinning up again, repeat ad-nauseum (it parks the heads every time). The 4TB WD Reds I have originally had a bug in the firmware and did it regularly in my old NAS until I flashed them. You might want to check the manufacturer on that drive and see if they have a solution for it. It's not an immediate indicator that it's going to fail, but spin ups/downs on a frequent basis are rather hard on the drive's longevity. The fact the USB drive plays without hitching may indicate it's a controller-based problem, which is where the outside-the-poolpart-folder test of each drive can help. Some may hitch playing back a video, others may not. Good luck - let us know how it goes. It's definitely a ghost in the machine.
  26. stephenkjohnson

    Reallocated Sectors - Drive Latency

    All the 2TB drives are internal SATA off the motherboard. I do have two of them connected via a PCI Express expansion card since the board could only handle 6 of the drives. I do have one external 4TB hard drive that is in the pool that is plugged in via USB. I am using XBMC/Kodi for media. Thumbnails are on the client PCs. I tested the hidden pool folder and played the file in VLC as you suggested and still had latency in playing video. A 20GB blu ray would have to buffer every 30 seconds to minute. The external HD I played video files off of that I mentioned in the OP is not in the pool but attached to the server via a USB. I played an uncompressed Blu Ray from it on one of the client PCs and had no issues. I have StableBit scanner installed on the server and the 500GB one is showing the reallocation I mentioned and a drive in the pool has 321262 load cycle count on a maximum of 300000. These are the only things coming up in Scanner. All else show healthy. I will replace the 500gb drive and see if that helps.
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  28. Umfriend

    Advantage of using Win Homeserver vs Win10?

    The only reason I would consider a (windows) server platform is the (client & server) backup solutions, both file as BMR.
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