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  1. I just got done watching a 720p movie and I don't think my stream ever got over 1 MB/s. When I said the 1080p stream was 4 MB/s tops, that is maybe a short burst at the start of the file which I assume is filling the Fire TV Stick's onboard memory cache and then, like you noticed, it drops below 1 MB/s. Since you see more or less the same streaming transfer rate that I do on my system, maybe you can see why I am always saying that I doubt if your problem with streaming is coming from DrivePool. If I copy files to/from a remote computer to/from my DrivePool computer on my home network, I c
  2. Have you determined what speed your TV streaming device pulls movies from your Storage Spaces or DrivePool? For example, when I watch my DrivePool GUI, I can see that my Fire TV Stick is pulling about ~4 MB/s tops for streaming 1080p movies. I don't suffer any stuttering or caching on my system. If I try to stream movies >16GB, then I start to see problems and caching issues. But, at that point, I know I have reached the limits of my Fire TV Stick with limited memory storage and its low power processor. It is not a limit of how fast DrivePool can send data over my wifi. Well, there
  3. I am in the process of replacing my oldest drives, which were about 6 years old. I recently had 3 HDDs fail, but they were actually newer ~3 year old drives, so go figure. Unfortunately, my HDDs do not seem to age well, and they go from no SMART warnings to completely dead within a day or so. I have tried many different brands of HDDs and they all seem to fail about the same. Amazon.com has had a special going on with renewed 4TB HDDs for $60.00 which have 5 year warranties. I bought a few of those because they were NAS drives and the 5 year warranty is better than the 2 year warranty I w
  4. Yeah, it sounds like your system is magnitudes better than my ~8 year old HP desktop with a low powered AMD chip and 8GB RAM. But, DrivePool has no problem streaming my movies. I just don't understand why it's not working for you on a much better system. That's too bad. I hope you get the tech help you need with DrivePool. Life should not be so complicated. As I said, I ran Storage Spaces for ~7 years and when it works, it is great. But when I had problems, Storage Spaces was a disaster and there was no help from the MS community. I have had similar HDD failures using DrivePool, b
  5. I don't understand how DrivePool read speed can test out 441MB/s and this is causing a problem. When I stream from DrivePool to my Amazon Fire TV stick, the streaming rate on the DrivePool GUI is at about 4MB/s and I don't get any stuttering or caching of the movies up to 1080p. What kind of speed do you need on your system for streaming without problems? I guess that makes sense. If you have 14GB of RAM cache set aside in PrimoCache, then you would see an initial burst of speed and then it would drop significantly after the 14GB RAM cache fills up. When I tried PrimoCache, years ago,
  6. You have not stated how much data you have in your DrivePool. I just use the default DrivePool Balancers, and over time, the drives will fill up with data more or less equally. If you just started moving data onto DrivePool, it may be that not all drives have been used yet. The DrivePool GUI gives a visual graph of the usage of your drives. If there is not much difference, I would not be concerned. If you see one drive half full and another empty, then you might need to check which Balancers you have turned on and your Balancing settings in the DrivePool GUI. I have my settings to automat
  7. In theory, cloud based storage seems to be a great idea. In practice, I have only experienced extremely slow upload times and have never considered it a viable option for mass storage or backup, like for my home media server with ~60TB of data sitting in DrivePool. Worse yet, my internet provider throttles back on connections to such cloud based services unless you pay for their extremely high business connection accounts. So the only data I backup to the cloud is relatively small financial and document files that I might want to share across mobile devices. I expect that any solution to
  8. I don't know why you saw so much memory usage on your first install of DrivePool. I have never seen anything like that. Is it possible that DrivePool was performing some intensive task at that moment? I am glad that Christopher was able to get you back on track and that things are going much better (normal) now. A long yellow bar usually means DrivePool activity or an error state - like duplication needs to be re-checked. The green bar usually means everything is OK with DrivePool and does not need any attention. If you have a green bar, then I don't understand why you would be looking
  9. From what I have read, many people use PrimoCache without any problems. If you have lots of RAM, it just works better. PrimoCache lets you designate how much, if any, RAM and/or SSD you want to set aside for the cache/buffer. The free trial period is long enough to see if it works for you. I only run my own home systems, so third party apps is not as issue as it might be at the office. I am surprised to hear that DrivePool is taking up so much memory. I just checked my server's Task Manager and my DrivePool is reported as using only 40MB of memory. I have 8GB RAM, so no issue for me on my
  10. @TPham You simply click the mouse and drag the cursor over the text you want to copy. The text should turn to blue background. When you get to the end of your selection, release the mouse and a popup box should appear "Quote selection". Click on the popup box and it will transfer that quote to your response box. Unlike Windows File Manager, you don't need a drive letter for DrivePool to see and list the drive. I just added another HDD to DrivePool this morning, without a Drive Letter, and all I had to do was simply click the add button on the Non-Pooled drives list on the DrivePoo
  11. Thanks for the response, @Christopher (Drashna). I lsearched the tool online, and it says that the command line tools are built into DrivePool v2x, but I cannot find the tool. How do I access the DrivePool command line tools? I can't find it on the DrivePool GUI nor in the C:\Program Files\StableBit\DrivePool directory. Thanks.
  12. If setting the drive volume label to match the drive's serial number works for you, then stay with it. My approach is different and works better for me. First of all, I currently have 18 USB HDDs in my DrivePool. I don't use Drive Letters on any of the pool drives. There are just too many drives in the pool and DrivePool does not need Drive Letters anyway. I preferred to clean up my Windows File Explorer listing, so the Drive Letters had to go. What I do is just name the drives in logical order as they sit on the shelf. Being not too creative, my pool drives are labeled as DP01, DP02
  13. Thanks for the response @Christopher (Drashna). Is "dp-cmd"'s "ignore-poolpart" command a command line prompt? If so, is there a section in the DrivePool manual, or elsewhere, that explains how to perform this task. It sounds like a much more sophisticated method to eject a trouble drive than actually pulling it out of the rack.
  14. That's the trouble with computers. It can always be a bad something that is not detected. I am not too concerned that 4+ year old HDDs are dying, I kind of expect they have reached the end of their life cycle, and certainly beyond their warranty period. So far, it's only my older HDDs that have failed. If I had a bad cable or controller, I would think that would affect my new drives as well. It has not. If anything, I suspect my external USB drives are running too hot. They have passive cooling and it might not be enough. I am running Hard Disk Sentinel and I see that my external USB driv
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