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Nerva

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  1. 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 bug that caused it to not delete the association with the drives when I deleted the pool, because the drives weren't connected when I deleted the pool.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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 SATA ports I currently have, I just ordered another of the 8-port cards, which will replace the 4-port card. Anyways, the E-350 based server has done its job pretty well for 8 years now, but obviously it was extremely slow to start with, and given its age, I was thinking I'd look around and see if there is a modern upgrade for it? What has me scratching my head, though, is that from what I can tell, the Intel Atom and equivalent AMD APU's have essentially disappeared except for laptop platforms. I see laptop Atoms that are x86-64 with better performance and lower TDP than the E-350, but they only seem to be made for mobile platforms. I'm wondering if there are any good options these days for very low power home server motherboard/CPU's?
  5. 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 under the list of available drives in DrivePool. Stablebit Scanner sees it, Windows sees it, and I can copy files onto it just fine, but DrivePool seems to have some sort of "mental" issue with it. I suspected it could be due to having been previously used in a different pool that should no longer exist (when I toggle through the pools, there's only the first 1TB one and the third one), and what's interesting is under "Feedback" it has a strange message that says there was an error measuring the 2nd pool, and the date was probably the same date as when I booted up up the server with the drive put back in -- so, indeed, it appears that DrivePool still thinks that drive is somehow associated with a pool that should no longer exist. Any advice on how to fix this?
  6. 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. I'm wondering if maybe the torrent software, when it does the preallocation, is actually doing a ton of discrete allocations, and this "hogs" the system.
  7. 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?
  8. 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 it (not using the quick format option). Scanner continued to claim the empty disk was damaged and scanned the file system. I've since re-added it to the pool again, but Scanner just won't stop saying the disk is damaged.
  9. Is there a way to check what version I'm currently running? I can't seem to find it anywhere in the UI...
  10. 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 space (there should be less than 1TB free) is what really has me concerned...
  11. I ended up moving all the drives onto other (faster PCIe) controllers, but if/when I add more drives and need to use the Supermicro PCI controllers again, I will give that a shot.
  12. Scanner says it has over 6 years of use on it, so it is wayyy out of warranty and has lived a full life so to speak.
  13. I guess I might as well run the drive until it dies. In the past, with my main archive pool, when one of the drives goes offline, the whole pool becomes read-only -- but is that still the case if there is full redundancy? If the bad drive fails and the DVR pool becomes read-only, then I won't be able to record shows until I remove the bad drive from the pool.
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