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  1. So, isn't the HDD supposed to take those clusters out of use if they're bad? Is there a way to tell if it has done that? Another thing that would be cool is if Scanner and Drivepool worked together on these sorts of things, where if Scanner detects a damaged file that has a duplicate, Drivepool will then remove the bad version and replace it with a new duplicate that is based on the duplicate that wasn't corrupted.
  2. I had this happen to me some years ago... ...and the support here ultimately had to have me reset all my settings in order to fix the problem, so I find it very disappointing that this bug still hasn't been fixed. I had a new drive suffer an "issue" and some sectors (a few kb) were damaged that had files on them. Since I had file duplication, I actually just went and deleted the damaged versions and reran the scan, which keeps coming up clean. Except Scanner continues to pop up warnings telling me the now non-existent files are still damaged. When I rerun the file scan, it fin
  3. Forgive me if I'm using the wrong terminology here, but I'm curious about this. I'm currently using pool duplication, where every file is stored on two disks. I'm curious if there's a feature where instead of storing it on two disks, it stores every file on three disks, and then periodically Drivepool compares the three copies, and if one of them is different, it corrects the odd-one out? I think this is different from the typical parity scheme, but I'm not that well-read on those concepts.
  4. No, disk management says it is a "basic" disk (and since it "convert to dynamic disk" is not grayed out, that means it is not currently a dynamic disk). No, it is NTFS with 64k clusters like all the other DrivePool disks. The fact right around the time I reinstalled the drive in the server there was a notification having to do with the pool it used to be a part of is extremely significant IMO. I SUSPECT what might have happened a year or two ago when I pulled the drives out and deleted the pool is, FIRST I pulled the drives, and THEN I deleted the pool, and I suspect there's a b
  5. Thanks for the suggestion. The thing, though, is that while my home server is rarely running at max load, it is also rarely running at idle, since it does a lot of low-intensity tasks 24/7, such as bit torrent and PVR.
  6. I'm curious, perhaps the way to go is to buy a used mobo that was the last/best low-power architecture... I've bought used computer hardware from eBay before and had no problems. I presume the two product lines to focus on were the Intel Atom and AMD APU -- does anyone know what the last/best mass-market versions of those were for home server applications?
  7. So, eight years ago I built my first dedicated home server, based on a Norco chassis, which has 20 hot-swappable drive bays at the front, another two internal 3.5" bays, and a slim optical drive bay. I thought I could avoid the expense of SAS and just use a bunch of dirt-cheap SATA controllers, which had served me well in my previous server that was a repurposed tower PC. I went with an ASUS E35M1-M Pro motherboard with integrated AMD E-350 APU (18W TDP), combined with a SYBA 4-port SATA PCI-E card and a SYBA/IOCrest 8-port PCI-E card. Since I'm finally starting to max out the number of
  8. So, I used to have three pools -- one was a pair of 1TB drives, the second was a pair of 2TB drives, and the third was bunch of larger drives. The need for the second pool of 2TB drives went away, and I didn't have any immediate need for them, so I thought I deleted the pool (it certainly isn't listed anymore), I reformatted the two 2TB drives, and pulled them out of the server. Now I've decided I want to use one of the 2TB drives for extra space in third pool, so I put it back in the server, full-formatted it again to be sure it was still OK, and went to add it, but it doesn't show up und
  9. I keep having a problem with my home server -- after starting a download of a large (20+ gigs) new torrent in my "Downloads" pool (just a pair of 1TB drives mirrored to each other), the entire server is unresponsive on the network. When I check Stablebit Scanner, I see a high amount of disk activity between the mirrored drives. I use the "preallocate torrents" option, so the instant a large torrent is created, it pre-allocates the file on the pool, and I think the particular way that is done causes DrivePool to "hog" the system when it tries to immediately duplicate the preallocated space.
  10. Since I posted that, I ran the file system scan a few times and it found some marginal files that were recovered, so now the file system checks out fine. However, it keeps saying the disk is damaged because there's a bad sector -- shouldn't it be able to just mark that as bad, remove it from use, and clear the error flag?
  11. So, I got a message saying that one of my older disks is damaged and I may have lost data. Fortunately, I use DrivePool with duplication. I had Scanner scan the disk and the file system, but it kept showing the error saying it was unable to read one cluster and I may have lost data. So I ran the windows checkdisk with the option to scan for bad sectors -- it found some problems -- but Scanner continued to say the disk was damaged etc. I reran the Scanner scan of the disk and file system, but it still showed the error. I got fed up and removed the drive from the pool and reformatted i
  12. Is there a way to check what version I'm currently running? I can't seem to find it anywhere in the UI...
  13. I'm not sure what happened exactly, but I booted up my home server and noticed in My Computer that my pooled drives were half empty. I soon realized that much of the duplication had somehow disappeared. In theory the entire pool should have duplication, but currently (DrivePool is only 65% rechecked as I'm writing this) the legend under the pie chart show it has ~8TB duplicated, ~13TB unduplicated, and ~17TB "other", but there's no "other" shown on the pie chart itself. Also, My Computer says the pooled drive is 35.4TB with 14.4TB free. The fact My Computer is reporting that much free
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