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  2. Thanks. I download Everything by Voidtools and tried it out. It appears that it is exactly what I was looking for in a search program. The only issue I have at this point with the program is that it did not scan and index any of my DrivePool HDDs because I removed all the Drive Letters assigned to the DrivePool HDDs. As a test, I reassigned a Drive Letter to one of the DrivePool HDDs, and Everything scanned and indexed it just fine. I am hoping that Everything has some way of scanning HDDs with no Drive Letter assignment, but if not, I will temporarily reassign drive letters to the HDDs while I troubleshoot my Plex/Kodi server issue. I posted a question on the Everything forum about scanning HDDs with no Drive Letter assigned to them. My DrivePool has 14 HDDs and I removed the Drive Letter assignments on those HDDs to clean up my File Explorer desktop. However, if you are familiar with both DrivePool and Everything, do you know if it is possible for Everything to scan HDDs without Drive Letter assignments? Again, thanks for the suggestion on Everything by Voidtools which I think will be the tool I need for my troubleshooting.
  3. It could be due to files on that drive being locked by another program, or by physical problems with that drive? You could also try to "cancel" by restarting the computer, that won't harm the pool.
  4. Shane

    how to get support

    Did you use the Contact form? That's the preferred way as it's easier for Stablebit to track support tickets that way.
  5. I'd suggest a tool called Everything, by Voidtools. It'll scan the disks (defaults to all NTFS volumes) then just type in a string (e.g. "exam 2020" or ".od3") and it shows all files (you can also set it to search folder names as well) that have that string in the name, with the complete path. Also useful for "I can't remember what I called that file or where I saved it, but I know I saved it on the 15th..." problems.
  6. Shane

    Shadow Copies

    Only on the drives that make up the pool.
  7. Perhaps options in the Throttling menu?
  8. I ran into a problem building up my DrivePool for my Plex/Kodi server. In DrivePool, Kodi, for example, reports that some of the movie files have "Invalid Arguement" and will not load/play. After reading error reports on Kodi support forums, I see the problem might be that Kodi cannot see USB drives connected to the server via a USB hub whereas USB drives that are directly connected are read normally. In my DrivePool, I have 1 folder designated to hold my movie files. I currently have 14 USB HDDs in my DrivePool. I have 2 MediaSonic 4 bay ProBox units housing 7 drives, and I believe they are considered a direct connect because they do not go through any external USB hub before connecting into the computer. I have added 7 USB HDDs into DrivePool using a USB hub because I only have 4 USB 3.0 direct connect ports. It appears that my movie files on those HDDs connected via USB hub were added fine to DrivePool, but Kodi cannot load/play them from behind the USB hub connection. So, I am at the point where I am trying to find the exact location (on which HDD) the files reporting "Invalid Argument" in my DrivePool. I would be able to determine if that file was on a HDD connected to the USB hub or not, and that would help me with my troubleshooting. I imagine the file could currently be on any one of the 14 HDDs in the DrivePool. Is there any easy way to determine the exact HDD where the file resides? If not, I suppose I can open up each HDD and manually look into the PoolPart directory. But I am hoping that someone else has seen this issue and may be able to offer some suggestions. Thanks in advance.
  9. Last week
  10. am I supposed to only use that for offlining? find the relevant directories in the cloud drive drive pool path and assign them off line? .. kinda clumbsy
  11. Nope - as far as I'm concerned even one bad sector is reason enough to replace the entire drive.
  12. can someone explain how this is supposed to work? if the cloud drive uses a real drive, but its assigned to a pool drive, the pool drive immediately fills it up and makes the cloud drive slow down. the only thing i can think to do is to set it to nothing on the drive pool so it will start to evacuate the drive, but even then, i wont be able to write to it.
  13. dano

    how to get support

    emailed support on the 9th no reply yet....cannot boot into old drive to release license.
  14. blaineeasy

    Shadow Copies

    I have DrivePool installed on Win Server 2016 and have several drives pooled to make a single DP drive. In Disk Management, can I enable Shadow Copies on the pooled drive? Or can I only enable it on the drives that make up the pooled drive? I was looking through the forums and finding that DP does not support Shadow Copies and don't want to screw something up by enabling it. Thank you!
  15. I am continuing to kick the tires on the Scanner and DrivePool software.. Last night I set the scanner to wake the pc to scan disks between 4am and 8am. I had a disk that was being scanned when I put the computer to sleep last night but this morning the drive is not being scanned although the computer did wake up at about 4am because of a prompt from Scanner from what I can glean from the system logs. What did I not set up correctly? (machine was not on battery power)
  16. Yup, had the same catastrophic data loss with Storage Spaces under almost exactly those same conditions. SSD plugin is great, especially if you have slower drives for permanent storage.
  17. I have just started using DrivePool, seriously, for a short while. It crashed once after a MS Windows 10 update, but tech support showed me how to reset the DrivePool and everything came back online with no data loss. I'll have to look at that option, but in my case, all my DrivePool HDDs are in external USB 3.0 boxes - except for the new SSD which I added to my desktop computer and use it as cache for my DrivePool. I was running Windows Storage Spaces for years. When it works, it was great. However, after my third catastrophic failure of Storage Spaces with massive file loss, I came over to DrivePool. In Storage Spaces, I was running 24 HDDs in the pool with 2 disc failure (in theory) recovery. What happened is my oldest, smallest, USB HHD failed and it wiped out my entire Storage Spaces pool. As you said, I too am no longer a fan of block-based pools. I was fortunate with DrivePool to have it crash in my first weeks of trial. I was able to reset the DrivePool and all my data was still there. That made me a believer in DrivePool - data recovery after a crash is much better in DrivePool. It proved to be impossible in Storage Spaces. At first, I was disappointed in DrivePool write speeds compared to Storage Spaces, but was willing to give up some of that speed for a more reliable system. Now, I have added an SSD cache to my DrivePool and have faster write times than I ever had with Storage Spaces. Having said that, most of my file transfers are from one computer to another on my home network and the bottleneck is the transfer rate of the files from slower drives to my DrivePool. But local transfers on the server computer are as fast as the bus will allow using the SSD cache in DrivePool. The SSD Optimizer add-on works great for me. Just love it.
  18. Just a quick update.... I transferred 15TB of movies over to my DrivePool Plex/Kodi server directory using the direct transfer on the same HDDs and DrivePool handled everything without any problems. This direct transfer took me less than 5 minutes as opposed to an estimated 3-4 days the way I started doing it using the DrivePool interface. The more I use DrivePool, the more I like it. Also, I find this forum invaluable. Again, thanks for the response.
  19. I have an older disk that I have been running Scanner on. I got to 94% and scanner found 3 bad sectors (so far).... Seems a shame to toss out a drive because of 3 bad sectors. The S.M.A.R.T. data looks good with no characteristics predicting failure. I know that even a few sectors is a huge indicator of failure, but still... Have any of you ever re-partitioned your disks to specifically avoid a bad area on your disk? B
  20. I have 11 drives in a 100TB pool, 4 of them are in a USB enclosure, also used for a Plex server. I don't even try to place directories on specific drives anymore. I've surrendered completely to DrivePool and it's been totally stable for years now. I only allow Duplicated files on the USB drives so the content will usually be pulled from faster ones in the main box, but that's the only micromanagement I do. You can also change your file balancing rules later if you need to move things out for some reason. I love this software. Fast, reliable, solves a real problem, so much better than Storage Spaces or any of the other sketchy block-based methods I tried. I've had drive failures and NAS failures, but DrivePool has always recovered gracefully, especially if you get StableBit scanner and let it catch bad drives early.
  21. Just be sure to decide your file placement strategy ahead of time if you want certain directories on certain drives. If you don't specify, your files will spread out EVERYWHERE arbitrarily across all your drives and it will take a lot of manual work if you ever need to break up your pool.
  22. Yes, I did this eight times with eight different hard drives when I first moved over to DrivePool. I was shocked at how easy it was and how well it worked. Once you move the files into the hidden directory, the software will index them and add them to your pool. Then you can let the system rebalance between drives over time.
  23. I am adding movies files from USB HDDs to my DrivePool. For example, I have a 5TB USB HHD full of movies that I want to add to my DrivePool to build up a Plex/Kodi server directory on my DrivePool. I know I can move the movies files off that USB HDD to the DrivePool directory of my Plex/Kodi server, but transferring all 5TB via the DrivePool interface will take more than 1 day to complete. Can I simply add the new USB HDD to my DrivePool, and then move the files directly from that USB HDD to the PoolPart directory on that same USB HDD? If I can, that transfer on the same HDD would take place almost instantaneously. But, I don't want to break my DrivePool in my effort to save time on file transfers. I am concerned that a direct file transfer into the PoolPart - not using DrivePool as the interface - will somehow corrupt the brains/tracking of DrivePool and I may end up losing files and/or creating other problems that might take even longer to correct. Since I have a number of USB HDDs that I would like to move to DrivePool, I think I better ask up front if a direct transfer is possible or not. Thanks for any response.
  24. Thanks. I did have the latest version installed in my previous post already, so no difference. I'll put in a ticket.
  25. I am trying to remove a drive and it is stucked at 92% for a whole day. I have tried to cancel the process but it had no effect, it is still stucked at 90%.
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