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  1. I think DrivePool will ignore folders that it hasn't created itself. Never tried this actually. I'm not using any backup solution myself, just JBOD hurdled together in DrivePool as a single drive, and I've had my fair share of disks that have failed (FUBAR cables, for the most part), and also disks that were full (Like 0 bytes left) which have led to having to move data, and I found that it was working to move data outside of the PoolPart-folder made by DrivePool, and then to/from source/destination. But, remember to pay heed to never move data from one PoolPart-folder to another since DrivePool tends to pull a David Copperfield on you and make stuff disappear, like magic. I have yet to try out recovery software to see if removed data can be restored, come to think of it. Not that it has anything to do with this, but it should work I think. I find it very simple to work with the folder structure (PoolPart) since anything within it, you can just move up one level and it's taken out of the pool, then you can merge that data with another folder on another disk or whatever then you can just put it back and et voila - It's back in the pool again.
  2. I'd suggest importing the new disk, then just copy the old data to that new PoolPart-folder. It would seem that each folder is unique and I'm guessing it's tied to the serial number of the disk or something. That code that follows is hexadecimal and it would suggest that it's tied, as I said to a specific drive. Btw, don't expect the admins to answer your questions anytime soon. Edit: Didn't read it all. Just mount the new drive in the same location. It should work just the same.
  3. Nice to see that the admins are really answering our questions... *Not* Just noticed this myself, and I don't see any other alternatives, judging from this thread, than to download and install =0/ I currently have v2.2.5.1237, which is a bit newer than the OP, which bakes the noodle about how the upgrade function is supposed to work. Obviously something's either been overlooked, a server that's not responding correctly, or a series of flaws in the following updated versions. Will test installation and see if it persists. Only question is how long it will take for the next version to arrive. This site isn't exactly teeming with enthusiastic admins, again, judging from the forum activities. Edit: For any admin reading this: Future version should have a more prominent update progress, not just that it will notify "if" an update is available. That's just stupid. Any other program, pretty much, does show progress, and potential problems with said checking of updates. If an error occurs in communications, how the heck are we supposed to know that status? Are we just forced to traverse logs (Not checked this myself yet) to find any such problems, or are we just supposed to sit here like a deer in headlights on the road, waiting for something that might not happen?
  4. I just had this problem, but the permissions can't be changed. I have a drive that is causing the system to BSOD on me from time to time (Currently awaiting parts for a build to hopefully remedy this annoyance), and I've disconnected 5 disks and I suspect another has been disconnected. Not the best quality cabling I'm using... Anyways, tried changing the permissions, but it just won't set them since the system thinks the disconnected drives are still there but inaccessible. Not sure as Windows lives its own life a bit, but I did several reboots (usually it's enough since one disk might be faulty and only needed a reset), and I'm not sure if these BSODs could have corrupted something, which is highly likely, but question is what? It looks like all folders that exists on the individual disks pool-folders appear under the DrivePool, but when trying to change permissions it tries to access those from the offline disks Right around the time I installed DrivePool I was experimenting a bit, still had problems with disconnecting disks at that time, and when a disk disappeared only the contents from that disk disappeared, along with the available space on the DrivePool, but this is different now since I only have read access to the entire pool. Available space looks somewhat OK, although It did at first show about 2 TB free, after some fiddling I only have about 1,74TB all of the sudden. No change either when trying to fix the permissions for the pool-folders on the individual drives. It would seem that all folders on the DrivePool is write protected no matter where I navigate and then attempt to create a new folder or file. Also tried that on the individual drives directly, and had no problems there. I then navigated to the DrivePool's corresponding location and sure enough, write errors. No permissions, with reported 1,74 TB of free space, but no dice. Currently, I'm reluctant to remove these drives as I most likely will attempt to adjust the cables to get these disks back online, but I'm curious as to what causes this write problem. I'm still maybe weeks away from a permanent fix, and currently my setup is located on a shelf somewhat inaccessible so it's not an easy fix unfortunately. Edit: I have now replaced a faulty cable and re-seated all other cables, and the pool is up again and the write problem is gone. I would still like to know why the DrivePool thinks the folders exist when a disk is offline, like in my case.
  5. Hi. I'm experiencing some problems with AirDC++ client having immense problems with accessing it's .lbd-files that it creates to store hash data. I'm guessing that if/when re-balancing initiates, it disrupts the lock between AirDC and the files, some how. I just tried to delete one of the files, and it said that StableBit DrovePool was using the file, which certainly explains why it can't do squat with it. Only chance I seem to have is to reboot the computer, but when I do that, I lose all my hashed data and I have to start all over. This is the third time in a row that I'm attempting this now. It's sad since I'm hashing quite a bit of data (Several TB in fact) and it takes enormous time to do this. I've moved My Documents folder to an external disk initially, then later on I included this to the drivepool. My mix of drives include 24 disks, of which one is an PCIe NVMe 500 GB SSD, and two 180 GB SATA SSDs, so there's quite a difference in speeds between the disks. The other ones are mostly 2 TB Seagate, the rest are 4x 1 TB Seagate, 1x1 TB Apple (I think Toshiba, OEM model) and one 750 GB Seagate, all 2½", connected to SATA multiplier cards via Marvell 92xx SATA PCIe 1X controller, SSDs are not on the multiplier cards. As a final test now, I've entered the balancing settings and specified that this AirDC folder is only to be put on the three SSDs and not the other disks. I ventured a guess that perhaps due to speed differences it could explain why the file lock was screwed up, and SSDs are much faster. I also ticked the checkbox "Never allow files to be placed on any other disk", so I hope that helps. I'll try a reboot soon, and see if it has to redo the hashing, and if it does I'll keep an eye out for it, and if it still behaves that way, I have no way but to move the documents folder elsewhere, unless anyone here could drum up a solution to this problem. Thanks. Edit: I should also mention that I'm running AirDC++ locally on this server while all other documents and its content are access to from another computer. The latter is not using the folder as frequently. Edit 2: The other day I got fed up with the same problem, so I moved the entire documents folder to another disk, so I don't have this problem any longer. Would still be interesting to know how this problem could appear, and what to do in order to prevent this in the future, should another application have the same problem.
  6. Sorry for the late reply. Well, my system's a bit different from yours. Don't have much more to add to this at the moment, as I've been otherwise occupied lately. I do however experience some unrelated (to this) problems with AirDC++ (Yes, some do still use DC...) complaining about hash files being used by other processes, and my guess is that while DrivePool's balancing files, it disrupts the client and is unable to write data to the file. I have yet to try moving my documents folder to somewhere else, and it's tricky since I have moved my Documents folder to the pool (and subsequently changed the settings for the folder) as generally it increases the access times and speed, but occasionally locks up my main PC as a result. Usually due to balancing operations, and once manually stopped it resumes just fine. I'm currently trying to limit replication between two SATA SSDs and a NVMe SSD right now, so we'll see how that goes. As for the server and it's cabling, I'm currently working on a backplane PCB onto which I'll put 2 of my SATA multipliers and 10 x 2TB 2½" HDDs so that I'll limit the cabling to 2 per SATA controller. I'm so sick and tired of having these rats nest of cables and all the problems with dodgy Y-cables for power. It will be so much better, not to mention much cleaner to have it almost cable free. I will at the same time test out staggered spin-up (to avoid extreme power spikes at startup of the drives), and potentially being able to read HDD activity (Latter most being an experiment). My design is prepared for reading of the activity & online indicators which will be sent to an Arduino so that I can output to external displays, whether it'll be on a OLED or individual LEDs are yet to be decided. I've yet to check if the design is passable, both aesthetically for me, and for the manufacturer. It looks awful upon closeups but at the same time I feel pleased with it, yet not. One of those paradoxes I suppose. But, regardless if I'll redo the design or not, it will be an absolute pleasure to get these into place (have yet to make a chassis too) so that I can finally relax from these random disk read problems.
  7. I'm also sort of experiencing this. Although my system has about 23 disks, and some were reported to have disk issues. One with a allegedly damaged file system, yet to be discovered by chkdsk at reboot. My system runs Windows 10 Pro on a Dell PowerEdge 1950 mk II, with a plethora of expansion cards & stuff. 2 x 4-port SATA controllers (Marvell 92xx) with 3x5-port SATA III multiplier cards, as well as a 1x5 port SATA II multiplier card (One broke a while back...). Also got an PCIe card with 500 GB NVMe SSD. I have a 120 GB SSD on the single motherboard SATA connector as main OS drive. 2 x 180 GB SSDs and one 2 TB mech. disk separately on one controller, the rest of the 18 disks are on the multiplier cards. Suffice it to say, this server works for a living! I've had multiple cable problems on occasions over the past 3-4 years with this server, mostly because of cheap & dodgy SATA power Y-cables (Chinese crap, not reliable!!!), so there are a bunch of S.M.A.R.T-data accumulated because of this, and since this install (DrivePool) is fairly recent (About a month) and most of the data is moved into the drivepool-folders on each disk, and they're quite full and I don't have replication on for these files (Set as a rule for these), so understandably there's a lot of data to be scanned. It's been running now for about an hour, and it's still stuck at 0.00%, and another disk shows "Scanning file system", but neither shows any progress. Windows being that what it is, a deck of hundreds of thousands of cards, it's not surprising if it got caught up in a loop somewhere. But I think perhaps something could be done with the code for this part of the program that polls that module in some other way to show what's happening, and in case there's a hiccup, alert the user and/or retry the query/action/whatever. I've received multiple messages that I need to reboot to fix these errors, so maybe it's very busy checking/parsing these errors before the actual scanning can begin, but it sure would be useful if the program could, as I wrote above, poll the <whatever> engine to give some information about what's going on. Edit: I did restart the service in the manager, and ran a manual scan and now it's working. Edit 2: I let it run the surface test on one of the drives, randomly, and while it does update the progress percentage, it doesn't show the sectors. I chose the large blocks view (or, at least I think it was), and it won't update those as it would seem, so I think there's work to be done on that updating thing... It's been running for around two hours now and is at about 45,11% on a 2TB drive, and only 4 blocks (each 23.0 MB) are shown as blue, assuming that means good. Didn't check so much as I've only used this for a few hours and got hung up on that same problem that ALH above also initially had.
  8. So, I took a chance and bought a license for Scanner. Easy-peasy. Just enter activation ID to get a discount, and seemingly the same ID as DrivePool, so then just runing the installer, then asked for activation ID and done. Smooth!
  9. Well, it's not an issue, yet, so I don't feel the need to open one. I was just curious as to why scanner appears to be working, and I was also curious how one would activate, as I wrote above, assuming that I receive a code upon checkout, just like with DrivPool. I think others might have wondered the same thing, so that's why I went through the forum.
  10. Hi. Tried to see how to activate the (yet to be purchased) license. As I don't yet have a valid license, which I presume will follow, just like with DrivePool, at checkout? I did install a trial version a couple of months ago, and I was unsure whether or not to use this, but I decided to do so, so here I'm an licensed owner of a copy. However, after installation, the program informed me, naturally, that I needed to register, bla bla bla, which I then did, naturally. Now, among the first things I noticed was that Scanner was in the list located in "Manage Pool/Balancing.../Balances". I had expected this to be disabled, thus also grayed out, but it's not. Don't remember it was included in the single license version of DrivePool, so what gives? At present moment, I'm a bit strapped on cash, but I'm looking to buy (If I need to, that is) a copy soon. I haven't seen a thing about not being permitted to use, post-expiration of that trial version, so I'm a bit confused. Perhaps this info could be included on the FAQ-page regarding install and upgrades. Thank you for a really useful product
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