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RFOneWatt

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  1. Did you get this sorted? Seems to me you did everything correctly. So, to be clear - You had a standalone 8TB drive that was getting full. You bought a new 12TB drive. You downloaded and installed DrivePool. You created a brand new Pool consisting of your old 8TB drive and the new drive 12TB drive, giving you a new Virtual Drive, G: Because G: is considered a new drive, you are going to want to MOVE all of your files from E: to G: That's all you should have to do. In the future when you add drives to the pool you won't have to do anything and you should simply see the new free space from the new drive. Since this is a new pool, it's empty. ~RF
  2. Very true. In my old age I tend to vote with my wallet more and it irks me when a multi-million dollar company f#$ks up and offers nothing to the consumers that it shafted. Though I do understand that Seagate is certainly no Maxtor. I just ain't giving them any more of my $$ on personal principal. ~RF
  3. Throw them in the gutter. Better yet, toss them through the front window of Seagate HQ. ST3000DM001 Excessive Failures Because of these drives (and a few prior issues with Seagate drives) I will never purchase a Seagate product again... No reason to when I can get HGST's for the same money.. I haven't had a bad HGST drive yet! (Out of about 30) ~RF
  4. This is a bullshit post. DrivePool works. And has worked well for years. You paid a trivial amount of money for a fantastic piece of software that simply performs and you act like you were served up the complete opposite. What bugs have you encountered that have inhibited your ability to use the product? How many support tickets have gone unanswered? You are not entitled to free updates for life while simultaneously expecting someone to fix something that isn't broke. I for one am ecstatic that I am able to basically ignore Drivepool. It just works and has never caused me any issues.. I'm sure the Stablebit folks appreciate your enthusiasm for the product and posts like yours probably do encourage them to work harder but you can make the same points without acting like an entitled snot..
  5. I've seen that one before. The reason I went the DIY route with that Vantec's was because of amperage draw however it looks like that Noctua would do the trick as well... Thanks Drashna. ~RF
  6. I swapped out the 80MM's in the rear of both my 4220 and 4224 Norco cases with the Vantec's. With those running on high you could probably get away with all three fans failing on the main fan board and just the two Vantecs in the rear would keep the cases cool. They move that much air. In each case I run all five of the fans (three 120MM Deltas on the fan board and the two rear 80's) through one of these in each case and it works way better than I expected. Variable Fan Controller It's fun to crank them all the way up (on the fan board I used the fastest 120MM Delta's I could find) and watch the cases hover. <grin> My servers are in my basement and on high you can hear them throughout the whole house. (and I live in a cinder block and plaster house built in the 50's.) With the above fan controller around 1/4 the way up they are nice and quiet and I haven't had to move the knob it in three years on either machine. ~RF
  7. Check out the Vortec Tornado series of fans. They are ungodly loud but move an unbelievable amount of air. I use them to cool 48 drives and they have been great. Pair them with an inexpensive adjustable fan controller and they are completely tolerable and you always have the option of turning them up if needed. Just two 80MM Tornados in the back of your Norco at 1/4 speed will amaze you. I too would love automated fan controller software but I've never had good luck with any type of software fan control. (I.e.Fanspeed) I'm sure it's due to the difference in controllers on motherboards. ~RF
  8. THIS: Nobody knows about it. Fix that problem and everything else will fall into place. I remember when I first stumbled upon DrivePool. I've been doing this stuff for a long, long time and I was floored with the product. I'm not easily impressed but DrivePool flipped my switches. I actually wrote a damn good "first impressions" review the first night I installed it (which I can't seem to find ATM but will eventually run across.) I do my my best to promote it every chance I get (which is admittedly not very often these days) but with proper advertising and promotion your "little development company" wouldn't be little for for very long. I would charge extra for MAJOR upgrades. If I got an e-mail from you guys tomorrow that said "Drivepool 3.0 available now - 25.00 upgrade fee" I wouldn't hesitate. I don't think most would. I've e-mailed Covecube @ 2:00AM on a Sunday and received an answer within twenty minutes. It doesn't get better than that. You guys have a gem on your hands -- it needs to be treated like one and you guys deserve to GET PAID in the process. Just my 2 cents. ~RF
  9. You just reminded me that I need to return the bad drives to Seagate before they charge me. I haven't had a chance to modify the firmware on any of the drives, which appears to be the best solution (you rock, Drashna) but I do need to do my 5TB pretty soon. For now I throttled the SMART queries in Scanner and at first glance I think its helping.. How much, I haven't had a chance to check yet... -T
  10. When I did call I asked about upgrade paths and "he" (I'm gonna say HE rather than THEY because I know when I call again I'll get a different story) said there was nowhere to go with these drives. That's not what I remember when dealing with Seagate in the past, I think I'm gonna have to be a squeaky wheel -- They absolutely KNOW there are issues with these drives. Heck, they RMA'd three drives that were almost a year out of warranty. (I just found four more 2TB units also.. they are gonna love me!) THANK YOU THANK YOU for that link. I'm reading through it now and it looks like it's going to do the trick! It appears any problems people were having had to do with fumbling with a boot disk and the CLI --- The firmware modification appears to work fine though. I did some research a few weeks ago and I downloaded a firmware package from someone who said it was sent to them by Seagate to fix the problem.. I downloaded it and it's the same version of firmware that shipped on the drives I just got. (CC54) I'm going to call Seagate Monday but as soon as I get the chance I'll do a couple drives and report back, I've got a couple shelled 5TB drives that need it regardless. Thanks again for doing my research for me Drashna -haha- -Tony BTW, I throttled the SMART queries to once every 60 minutes and I think it has had a positive effect. Not quite sure yet.
  11. I hear that. I'll see what I can do about throttling SMART queries on scanner. Now I'm stuck with eight (now, refurbished) 4TB drives and two 2TB drives that I can't use in either Scanner/DrivePool server. I'm going to call Seagate tomorrow just for the heck of it. They know there is something up with these drives but I couldn't get it out of them. Thanks for the responses guys.I think I'm going to try these drives in a different configuration and see what I come up. I'll reply if I can add anything else - thanks again. ~RF
  12. Hey Guys -- Thanks for the responses and sorry for the late reply. Well, I just got the new drives installed in both servers. They are up to 500-700 on their load cycle count within 20 hours. They are running different firmware. Argh. I can't say I like that answer but I get it....however it's going to bug the heck out of me knowing that it's "not right" and the drives heads are being racked constantly. <rant> I have two new 8TB Seagate archive drives I put in when I first started the RMA process 12-14 days ago. They are up to just 25 on their load cycle count. All of my Hitachi Drives, mostly two years old only have about 300-400. I checked a six year old drive in another server and that's at about 500. Hmmmmmm...any ideas why I can't use any of the APM functions in Scanner? I keep getting "CAN'T SET APM for this disk." This happens on all disks in both servers on both Highpoint & LSI controllers. Are these drives just ignoring APM or any clues as to whats going on? (Excuse my ignorance, I haven't done much reading yet) -Tony
  13. So I just RMA'd a box of ten 4TB drives that were just about two years old and I had a couple of questions regarding these drives and Stablebit Scanner. IN That time these drives racked up a load cycle count of over 300,000. It's kind of scary I didn't know they had an issue until Scanner told me once they hit over 300k. Is there a way I could have been notified sooner or do I not have something set correctly? The other question I have is there are still currently two drives running in a the system showing this SMART error and Scanner / Drivepool is not evacuating the drives. Shouldn't it be? I'm pretty sure I'm missing something..... Thanks!!! ~RF
  14. Good Day! I have a Drivepool system and every time I reboot the server I get a notification that a specific (long gone) drive is missing. Everything is is fine, been ignoring the error for months. Any ideas? ~RF
  15. These work well: http://goo.gl/PqRJ2r Well, WOPR has been upgraded! I swapped out two of my oldest 4TB Seagates and popped them in my backup server (AP1) and installed two new Seagate 8TB archive drives in WOPR. So far so good, I've got two more on the way. Does anybody have any suggestions on the best way to break in / test new drives? So far I've been damn lucky but it's only a matter of time. I was thinking of just letting the BURST TEST in Scanner run for a few days but I'm sure there are better ideas. ~RF
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