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  1. Couldn't you just create a 1TB (or whatever size you want) partition on the drive, for your other use and a second partition for DrivePool to use? This would guarantee your required free space.
  2. I don't know if DrivePool is tied to the HDD, probably not. I would think cloning the system drive should be a piece of cake. At worst, you'd just deactivate DrivePool on the old drive, then reinstall and reactivate Drivepool on the new drive.
  3. You sure you didn't just lose your drive letter or mounting point?
  4. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the duplication process. There was 48.6 TB to be duplicated and it took 123 hours (5 days, 3 hrs) to accomplish. I did tweak the settings file to "FileDuplication_BackgroundIO=False", which moved things along. I have several people streaming Plex videos from across the country and nobody noticed problems. Now I just need to add a couple more WD100EFAX drives so I have some free pool space and I can just leave the server alone for a few months.
  5. Whatever you all do, don't wait 3 years and 8,000 movies (taking up 50TB), later to decide duplication would be a good idea. When I noticed my pool was getting full, it finally dawned on me I'd have a miserable time replacing lost movies if even one of the 15 WD40EFRX 4TB drives went south. Not only did it blast a hole in my wallet this week, to fill the remainder of my RPC-4224 case with 8x new WD80EFAX 8TB and 1x new WD100EFAX 10TB drive (experimental), it appears it will take a month of Sundays to get the job done. I probably doesn't help than I'm doing this on an old WHS2011 machine with 3x AOC-SASLP2-MV8 controllers, one of which is running in a 4x slot. I just hope I don't kill something in the process. I honestly didn't think the 10TB drive would work. I had it initialize, partition and format it on a newer PC for some reason. So I'm still not 100% sure how reliable its going to be. After 4 hours, it actually looks like its copying about 500GB per hour. So maybe it won't a full month of Sundays...
  6. I can't even begin to fathom why you would want to do this, but if you Google "How to make a thumbdrive appear as a hard drive" you'll find several methods. Here is just one link, but is similar to must... https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-make-a-usb-flash-drive-appear-as-a-hdd
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