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  1. 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
  2. @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
  3. +1 Have a similar problem with using the DrivePool GUI on one of my remote computers. Got the error message "Licence not Found/valid" despite DrivePool is up and running fine on the server. I have narrowed down my issue to having different DrivePool versions on the server and that remote computer, i.e. the server is running Version whereas the remote computer had the latest update. So, I tried to update my server with the latest version of DrivePool, but it does not auto update and when I click on force update check, it just says it will notify me but does not. So I'll have to
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. This is a very new plugin. The guy who wrote the plugin started a thread here a number of weeks ago and has been working on his "All In One" balancer plugin. I know he recently submitted a minor update to fix a small bug, but I hear it's working good. I have been having some HDD failures and subsequently am swapping out dead drives with new drives. Once I get my DrivePool back up and running "normally", I will be trying out that plugin, too. It sounds like a better option than having 3 or 4 balancer plugins fighting each other.
  9. @Shane, for your info and consideration... UPDATE: I just finished manually moving off all good data of this drive. I am happy to report that all but 12 small corrupt files were able to be saved. It took me ~36 hours to remove the data manually, but in the end, almost everything was saved. After all the uncorrupted files were moved from the HDD (leaving only 12 small corrupt files), I tried once again to remove the drive within the DrivePool GUI, checking all 3 boxes to remove the files and leave the damaged files on the drive. Again, DrivePool was unable to remove the drive and erro
  10. Yes, I noticed that you have 3 10TB drives. I don't know if 50% is some magic number for balancing new drives. I just wanted to comment that when I add a new drive if starts to fill up part way, but stops far short of "perfect" balancing the drives in the pool. Maybe the developers will comment on what we should expect on this balancing issue when we add a new drive. As I said, DrivePool balances the pool drives about as good as I saw with Storage Spaces. Not perfect, but good enough for me. Over time, they seem to level out. Well, again, that's an issue for the programmers of D
  11. FWIW, I have seen the same thing on my DrivePool when I add a drive. DrivePool will "balance" the pool, filling up the new drive to a certain point, and then stop. My pool drives never really show up as perfectly balanced, either. I had assumed this was because I have a mix of 3TB to 8TB drives and maybe DrivePool was using some magic formula to balance them, doing the best it could with drives of various sizes. Over time, my new drive will populate first and eventually the drives in the pool look fairly well balanced. It is certainly not as "balanced" as my hardware RAID system, but abou
  12. Thanks, @Shane for the answer to #3. Just wanted to be sure before I messed up things.
  13. I am currently having similar issues with removing drives from DrivePool related to corrupt files and/or directory issues. DrivePool is erroring out on the removal of the drive and stops. If DrivePool tells you to run chcdsk on the drive, I would suggest you DO NOT follow that suggestion. I ran chkdsk on a failing HDD last week and chkdsk corrupted the whole directory and I lost access to all data on that drive. At present, I am vacating another problem drive manually using TeraCopy. TeraCopy is better than Windows File Manager because when it hits a corrupt file, TeraCopy will skip over
  14. Last week I had a 5TB HDD failure and tried to remove the disk via DrivePool's GUI. It was unsuccessful. I did get an error message to run chkdsk on the HDD to correct the problem. Unfortunately, chkdsk corrupted the directory and I was left with no data on that drive. Total loss. Today, I have another 6TB HDD that is misbehaving according to DrivePool. So, once again, I tried to remove the HDD using the DrivePool GUI. Again, it was unsuccessful and gave me an error message to run chkdsk on the HDD. NO WAY am I going to fall for that trap again. So I am currently moving data off that driv
  15. Yes, DrivePool, like many of my Windows programs, sometimes hangs and requires a reboot. Most of the time DrivePool works without any problems, but I have run into some circumstances where DrivePool misbehaves and does not correct itself until after a reboot. I ran Windows Storage Spaces for ~7 years, and the small problems I occasionally experience with DrivePool are nothing compared to the problems I had with Storage Spaces trying to manage the same size pool (currently 70TB). IF I had any real complaint about DrivePool, it would be that it really keeps you in the dark on bac
  16. I have become really cynical on any system that has not been verified after failure(s). Like I said, my Windows Storage Spaces had 26 HDDs in the pool and was setup to recover from a 2 drive failure. I had 1 small HDD fail and it took down my entire Storage Spaces. Since Storage Spaces uses striping, all data was lost. That was the third time Storage Spaces let me down in that respect, and then I moved to DrivePool. I have had much better results with DrivePool. Yes, I have suffered 2 HDDs failures (but not at the same time) in DrivePool. The first time I was able to offload all but 2 cor
  17. I watched a 3-year old YouTube video on DrivePool + SnapRAID, but there he was using drive letters for SnapRAID. I know DrivePool creates PoolPart directories, does SnapRAID create its own separate PoolPart? In SnapRAID, what is the ratio between data drives and parity drives? For example, in Windows Storage Spaces, it would take 1 parity drive to 2 data drives of the same size. In other words, 33% overhead loss for parity. That is, of course, better than 100% overhead for a mirrored array. One big advantage of DrivePool is that you can just assign certain important folders for duplicatio
  18. In the past, I have used hardware RAID arrays, then I moved to Windows Storage Spaces (software ~RAID), but now I use DrivePool for my home media storage. Hardware arrays can be very fast and you can get great I/O performance. Windows Storage Spaces uses striping and, depending on the pool type you setup, you can get fast I/O performance. However, if you have drive failures in either hardware RAID, or Windows Storage Spaces, data recovery can be next to impossible because they strip their data over many drives in the pool. Despite having 2 drive failure set on my Storage Spaces, I lost 1 HDD a
  19. I ran Windows Storage Spaces for ~7 years before I moved to DrivePool. IIRC, Windows locks out all access to the pool drives in Storage Spaces, and as you stated, the best you get is one large drive displayed with most programs. At that time, I don't think I was able to get any disk monitoring programs to work with my Storage Spaces pool of drives. If StableBit Scanner does not work well with Storage Spaces, you might want to download the free version of Hard Disk Sentinel to see if that program can detect the individual drives in the Storage Spaces pool. I know Hard Disk Sentinel detects
  20. Right, I was re-reading the File Placement rules for folders in the DrivePool online manual, and I think might work better for me if I go that route. Thanks for explaining that to me. I looked up FreeFileSync after you mentioned it, but I did not realize that it had the ability for versioning as you explained. I can see where that would really be a nice feature for some uses of DrivePool. In my case, DrivePool is primarily just my media server. Also, I am not yet at a point where I want to build another 70TB+ pool to backup my current 70TB DrivePool. I could see FreeFileSync as
  21. I agree. I see shortcomings in my current backup methodology and as future HDDs increase in size, my current method of backups is totally inadequate. That would certainly be better than my current backup system. I have been rethinking my DrivePool balancing and have been considering moving to the ordered file placement. For some reason, I thought DrivePool would move an entire folder to one drive, but what I find is that files from a folder could be written to a number of different drives. I guess that makes certain sense from a balancing point of view, but it makes it harder to recove
  22. UPDATE: I have figured out how to use the command line prompts with WinCatalog 2020 and run nightly updates on DrivePool using Windows Task Scheduler. That will update my virtual DrivePool J: volume every night, but it does not tell me what file is in which specific HDD. If I need to go into the detail level, I would have to turn on the Drive Letters of the pool drives and also update them every night. I don't think WinCatalog 2020 can scan a drive without a Drive Letter assigned, but I'm still looking into that possibility. Assuming I might only lose one HDD, at least running an update r
  23. FWIW, I have the same Windows 10 and update version you reported. I have 17 HDDs and 1 SSD in my DrivePool. None of them have Drive Letters and everything is working fine on my DrivePool system. IIRC, DrivePool does not even use Drive Letters, so I don't understand why turning on the Drive Letters makes any difference. I did not move my DrivePool from another OS. My DrivePool was initially created in Windows 10 and has always been on the same computer. Now that you are running DrivePool on a Windows 10 machine, have you considered just rebuilding your pool from the ground up in Win10? I k
  24. Thanks for your help. I started a new thread on how to plan for future HDD failures and recovery options. Other than Duplication of the pool/folder, DrivePool does not seem to have a built in recovery plan. But, like you said, I lost nothing critical and my important folders were duplicated.
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