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  1. If Scanner is suggesting the drive might fail, then I would try to move that data off and get that drive offline as fast as possible. Once offline, then I would suggest running some diagnostics on the empty drive. You already have Scanner, but I would also suggest downloading the free version of Hard Disk Sentinel for a second opinion. In my experience, once these monitoring programs detect something they don't like, it is best practice to assume imminent drive failure. Only once did my programs detect a false positive on a drive. I removed all data from it and took it offline. Fortunate
  2. I also use DrivePool as my media storage center. It does not matter if your movies are in a temporary cache or moved to their archive drive, DrivePool treats the files the same. I set up a 224GB SSD as a front end cache on my DrivePool and set the cache to hold 100GB of files before it balances. Most of my movie files are 12GB or less, and unless I am transferring lots of files to DrivePool, I can go days between balancing. If your DrivePool is constantly re-balancing, maybe you want to check the Manage Pool > Balancing > Settings > Automatic balancing - Triggers > Or if at least t
  3. Stablebit scanner, from what I understand, mainly detects problems and notifies you. If you are lucky, it will move data off that drive to the other pool drives before it completely fails. But is is not a data recovery program. I use Hard Disk Sentinel which is similar. They have a free version for just monitoring the drives, and a Pro (paid) version which fixes some HDD problems - but not all. HDS is not a data recovery program either. All HDDs will eventually fail, so I have gotten into the habit of adding 10% .par2 files to my offline data. Check out the free MultiPar if that sounds in
  4. I have the latest updates. All my graphs are working. Have you tried the first steps such as cold starting your computer, or uninstalling and then reinstalling DrivePool? If none of that works, I'd suggest sending a message to the programmer via the contact form. Again, I have the latest DrivePool updates installed and everything is working fine for me.
  5. I used to run a Windows Storage Spaces server for about 7 years. The last 2 years, as my pool kept larger and larger, I had more and more problems with Storage Spaces. I spent a long time considering other options including FreeNAS. I talked to people who were running, or used to use, FreeNAS and learned that FreeNAS has problems like Storage Spaces when the pool gets large. At that time, I was just over 80TB on the pool and having significant problems with Storage Spaces that I did not have when the pool was much smaller. The people I talked to about FreeNAS told me similar stories, it w
  6. FYI, I just ordered another renewed 4TB HDD with 5 year warranty from Amazon for the sale price of $59.99. I was able to select GoHardDrive as the seller. Interestingly, GoHardDrive lists that same drive on their website as not in stock, so maybe they have some contract with Amazon at the moment. They sell a different renewed HDD on their website, but it comes with a 3 year warranty, not the 5 year warranty as if bought through Amazon. Just curious on how other people make their purchasing decisions on HDDs. I used to just buy the least expensive drive in terms of $/TBs. For example, a 3T
  7. Total agreement. When I upgrade my HDDs, I often buy 2 or 3 of the same models on sale at the same time. Mfgr model name is almost useless to me, and trying to find a HDD by serial number is insane. IF these programs would allow the option to identify and list the HDD by Drive Name, I could quickly pull that HDD and then verify the S/N of the drive. Yes, I understand why these programs use the unique S/N of the drive as the ultimate identifier, but they would be more people friendly if we could list the HDDs by Drive Name. Again, my Hard Disk Sentinel orders the drives by Disk Number, whi
  8. Nicely done. Looks like Stablebit Scanner has more sorting options than Hard Disk Sentinel.
  9. gtaus

    DrivePool and Backup

    I have been looking into using the features of SNAPraid with DrivePool. From what I understand, SNAPraid only provides parity files for reconstruction of the pool after a drive loss. It is not a backup program, per se.
  10. DrivePool is a great option for providing duplication on either the pool level or down to the folder level. However, DrivePool duplication is mainly used for drive loss failure on the pool itself, so you can rebuild the pool from the loss of a drive. It is not meant to be a backup system. I backup my files to external USB drives which I store in my closet. If you are looking at 6TB storage, you can get an external 6TB (or larger) USB drive and backup the files there. That is about the simplest way to make an offline backup. If these files represent present or future revenue, then I would
  11. Interesting. I use Hard Disk Sentinel, and it displays the Drive Name on the status window. That is good, but it still orders the list by Disk Number as they attach to Windows on boot. I would prefer that the drives were listed by Drive Name, as I have it listed in DrivePool, but so far I have not figured out how to make Hard Disk Sentinel order the drives by name. It's not a big deal, as I only really check Hard Disk Sentinel only if I get an alert. I might check the status of the drives in DrivePool multiple times per day, and there the drives are order by Drive Name. But, yes, using Drive N
  12. I tried to buy my Amazon renewed drives from the seller GoHardDrive. I have purchased drives from GoHardDrive for years and their customer support has always been first rate. I feel confident they would back their warranty.
  13. Thanks to both for the responses. I am not using any File Placement rules. I only mentioned Album folders as an example to see if DrivePool would gather up all the files in a folder that might currently reside on two or more drives and place them on one drive in the re-balance. I am only looking for a general order priority for the drives, and not sending specific folders to specific drives. As to Question 2) Any thoughts on where the Ordered File Placement plugin should be listed on the priority list? Again, thanks.
  14. @Christopher (Drashna), yes, I know that my DrivePool is working as it should. And if there are any corrupt files found, I am glad that DrivePool does a complete re-check. I was trying to compare my satisfaction with DrivePool in contrast to my frustrations I had with Windows Storage Spaces. Appreciate your feedback. Thanks.
  15. I have decided to try the Ordered File Placement balancer plugin. I currently have 18 USB 3.0 HDDs in my pool, and want them to fill up in order such as DP01, DP02, DP03, etc... I will be changing the default option to "Control new file placement and move the existing files into the pre-defined order" instead of "Only control new file placement." I understand that this option may require more than one balancing pass to complete. Question 1) Will this consolidate all files in folders that may currently be stored on 2 or more pool drives? For example, if I have a music album folder, current
  16. Fortunately, no. I have 18 USB drives and was very happy when I discovered that DrivePool did not require Drive Letters to work. I have auto update on Windows 10, so I imagine I have the latest updates. Everything is working fine here. Although I do not use Drive Letter assignments, I have all my pool drives named. Since I am so clever, I named them DP01, DP02, DP03, etc... and they sit on a shelf in that order, too. I also labeled the drives with a small tag. Makes it easy for me to pull a drive if it has any problems. I hope you find out what happened to your DrivePool and why you
  17. I recently ran into this problem myself. I use DrivePool as my home media center. I don't have duplication set on most of my folders because I have backups on HDDs in storage in my closet. I figured if I lost a drive, then I would just pull out the backups and copy the files back into the pool. However, for example, I discovered that any Album folder in DrivePool might have tracks in that folder spread out on 2 or more drives. So instead of losing 1000 complete album folders on that drive, I found out that I lost more like 2000+ partial album folders that had to be restored from backups.
  18. I usually have my DrivePool server running 24/7. However, if I reboot my system on a normal shutdown and restart, DrivePool does not have to perform the long, complete, re-measure of the pool. If I have a missing disk, or if there was some problem affecting the drives before the reboot, then DrivePool does re-measure everything. On my 76 TB pool, with 18 USB 3.0 drives, that can take about 2 hours to complete. However, I can still use my DrivePool home media server and the re-measure task does not prevent me from normal use of most of my files. I am all for anything that improves the perf
  19. With DrivePool, you can use any drive, including your SSD, as both a system drive and a pool drive. When you say that your SSD is a shared drive into which you copy folders from a networked PC, are you saying that you are using your SSD as a system drive? If that is the case, then DrivePool would not automatically move files from the SSD into the DrivePool pool of drives. In order to use your SSD as a "Landing Zone" for DrivePool, you need to add the SSD to your DrivePool. DrivePool will add the hidden PoolPart directory to the SSD and make the SSD part of the pool. Then you need to go in
  20. Good to hear. DrivePool has advantages over other pool systems, and once you get it tweaked to what you need, it does not need much intervention afterwards.
  21. Well, I only have one SSD and what I see happening is that one copy goes into the SSD cache and another copy goes directly into the archive HDD pool. I can watch this process play out in the Performance>Disk Performance window. The copy being sent to the SSD cache finishes first, as expected, and the second copy going to the archive HDD finishes up a little bit later - obviously depending on the file transfer size. I have never seen any problems with DrivePool using only one SSD when writing to a duplicate folder. It works for me.
  22. I only have 1 SSD in my DrivePool. If I write a file to a folder with duplication, I see one copy going into the SSD cache and the other copy going into the archive HDD pool. In the pool case, DrivePool defaults to sending the second file to the archive HDD that has the most free space. I have Read Striping turned on DrivePool. If I read a file from a folder with duplication set, what I see is that DrivePool will read from both the SSD cache (if the file is still in the cache) and also read the copy in the archive HDD. For the most part, DrivePool pulls the file data from the faster S
  23. I don't use the File Placement rules. So I cannot help you there from experience. I do not completely understand what you are asking. If you have both your SSDs designated as "SSD" in the SSD Optimizer panel, then I would suspect that both SSDs are being flushed when it hits your trigger point. In the DrivePool SSD Optimizer, you can designate your SSD as either to be treated as a SSD or Archive drive. If you have your second SSD designated as an Archive drive, then it should not flush the data. Also, in case you did not know, you can designate an ordinary HDD as a SSD drive for t
  24. I don't think the SSD Optimizer works that way. When it hits the trigger point and flushes data, it appears to flush all the data in the cache. There is nothing left in the cache after the flush. I think there are some SSDs with learning software that will keep your most used programs/data on the SSD. Those are typically system SSDs. The DrivePool SSD Optimizer is not designed for keeping your most used files on the SSD. However, DrivePool can use your SSD as both a pool drive and a system drive. You could simply install the programs and/or put those files you use most often directly on
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