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      Getting Help   11/07/17

      If you're experiencing problems with the software, the best way to get ahold of us is to head to https://stablebit.com/Contact, especially if this is a licensing issue.    Issues submitted there are checked first, and handled more aggressively. So, especially if the problem is urgent, please head over there first. 


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  1. Migrate from Drive Bender to Drive Pool?

    I have just migrated from DriveBender and back to DrivePool. I tried DriveBender for a period, but it was just slower than DrivePool. When copying many files to DriveBender (ie starting FileHistory from Windows 8), it just stopped working and I had to restart the server. TV-recordings stored in DriveBender was also very slow and uresponsive in VMC. I never had that kind of problems with DrivePool. I do think that the interface in DriveBender is a little more "fancy" but stability is just more important. Anyway. To migrate back to DrivePool i did the following (on a window server 2012 essential): 1. Installed DrivePool alongside DriveBender. 2. Release your DriveBender license before uninstalling 3. Set up a duplicate DrivePool on the same disks that DriveBender used. 4. Stopped DriveBender and DrivePool services from services.msc 5. Moved alle folders on physical disks from DriveBender root folder to DrivePool root folder. 6. Used the script below to move the duplicate files from DriveBenders location til DrivePools location (DriveBender stores the duplicate in a subfolder named FOLDER.DUPLICATE.$DRIVEBENDER, so you will have to move all the content in that folder to the folder below). 7. Started DrivePool and uninstalled DriveBender. 8. Used computer management to give DrivePool the same disksletter that DriveBender had. Bat file to move files stored in FOLDER.DUPLICATE.$DRIVEBENDER to the directory below (hidden files will no longer be hidden as move doesn't move hidden files). This script has to be run on all the physical disks. Stand in the \poolpart.* folder. To try it out, stand in a subfolder where you can't do much harm. Please note that I give ABSOLUTELY NO GUARANTEE that the script will work for you. Try it out first, and if it seem to work, remove the echo @echo off for /r %%f in (FOLDER.DUPLICATE.$DRIVEBENDER) do if exist %%f ( echo %%f cd "%%f" echo attrib -h *.* if exist *.* ( echo move *.* .. ) cd .. echo rd "%%f" ) All in all it took just 1 hour to set up and migrate from DriveBender to DrivePool and I did not have to duplicate 6 tb.
  2. Undelete/versioning

    I am aware that implementing Shadowcopy support can be very hard to do. This was also why I suggested just implementing a simple "recycle bin" that also works on shared folders. That should be very easy to do. I have tried Condusive Undelete, and it works. Not with the Pool itself, but with the drives included in the pool.
  3. Undelete/versioning

    I have recentlig migrated from MS Storage Space to Drive Pool. One day may Storage Space went offline, and the only way I could get it back online, was to add an USB2 drive as part of the Storage Space. Not really an optimal situation. I do feel a lot more secure with Drive Pool than I did with Storage Pool. If the computer fails I can extract the files from the disk. With Storage Space it was lost. But after accidental deleting a file on the shared network, I came to realize that Drive Pool does not support "Volume Shadow Copy". I have now enabled shadow copying on all the disks in the pool, but to undete I have to do it on the server and try to find the disk the file was on. I think it would be quite easy to implement a "recycle bin" on CoveFS. Instead of deleting the file, just move it to /recycle and have a retention policy to clean it up? The same functionality could be used to create file versioning. The optimal would be a direct integration with windows "restore previous versions" but I think the above should be easier to implement.