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  1. Ok, so after I posted that I realized that I didn't explain at all what I meant in terms of MBits. Most people are aware of Megabytes and Gigabytes (because that's what hard drive space is measured in). I was talking about network bandwidth. Network bandwidth is typically measured in Bits. 1 byte has 8 bits. So in order to convert bits to bytes you need to divide by 8. But the math aside, MoCA is "up to" 100 Mbits /s Which means that it can transfer "up to" 12.5 MB/s. Twelve point five mega bytes per second. Yes, megabytes the same stuff that's on your hard drive.
  2. Mega BITS I know, most people find it very confusing.
  3. I use MoCA myself. It gets close to 100 Mb for me. If you don't need anything faster then it's a great solution.
  4. Kihim, Thanks for uploading the dumps. I've received dumps from 2 people with the same symptoms of stuck on "Initializing", but the issues do not appear to be related to each other. I've made some changes to the code based on both dumps to try and prevent both issues. You can get the latest internal BETAs from here (currently at 2957): http://dl.covecube.com/ScannerWhs2/beta/download/ http://dl.covecube.com/ScannerWindows/beta/download/ I haven't published these yet to stablebit.com because I'm collecting feedback as to whether the fix is effective. Thanks, Edit: Actually the .wssx of 2957 is still building, it will be up in a few minutes.
  5. The StableBit Scanner already does a "bus" performance test in order to determine the estimated maximum throughput of the bus that each disk controller is capable of. While we don't do an automatic sequential read / write speed test, I suppose that those could be added. I'll think about how this can be implemented. The upcoming per-folder balancing feature in StableBit DrivePool should let you designate which disks to use for each folder, but that would be a manual task and I understand that what you're suggesting would be completely automatic and not really the same thing.
  6. Alex

    Future Developments

    Future Developments for StableBit DrivePool The current development status for all of our products can now be found here: http://wiki.covecube.com/Development_Status
  7. Alex

    Future Developments

    Future Developments for the StableBit Scanner The current development status for all of our products can now be found here: http://wiki.covecube.com/Development_Status
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    Future Developments

    Future Developments for BitFlock.com The current development status for all of our products can now be found here: http://wiki.covecube.com/Development_Status
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    The Roadmap

    I've been thinking about how I can better communicate what is in store for each of our products, there are 3 now and another one in the works. Starting today I'll be setting up topics in each forum that I'll be updating on a regular basis. Each post will maintain what the future holds for each product. I try to keep a lot of the development driven by user feedback, but most of that feedback doesn't happen in the public forum (but usually in tech support tickets). I'd just like to take this opportunity to highlight the direction that each product is heading in, a kind of roadmap. I'll be setting up those posts today so look for them popping up soon in each respective forum.
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    File System check

    Yeah, there's something wonky going on here. It should be checking all supported file systems I'm looking into it.
  11. Dough, The first problem that I can see with this is that you may not have enough disk space on the other disks to accomplish this. Filling a disk completely to capacity can cause problems if files need to expand in size. That's why we have the option "Try not to fill a drive above...". Let me explain what should be happening, based on your screenshots: The Disk Space Equalizer runs and redistributes your files equally across all disks. Not considering any other factors. The StableBit Scanner balancer runs and does nothing (since you have no damaged disks). The File Placement Limiter runs and sees that you've requested to: Move all unduplicated files out of drive N:\ But never fill the other drives above 85% Step #3 now sees that the other drives are all above 85% full and tries to move enough data back onto N:\ to satisfy condition #3.2 Based on that, is some step not working here as described, or are you trying to accomplish something else?
  12. Just to followup with some more info, I've tested this on Windows 8 with UAC enabled / disabled / completely disabled (via. registry hack) and have tried it with IE and Chrome and I can't reproduce this. It works correctly every time for me. The error seems pretty clear the "Class", being HTTPS is not registered in the registry. So it can't find the app to open HTTPS links (Chrome in your case). I was thinking that there might be some combination of browser / UAC settings that would cause this to manifest, but that doesn't seem to be the case. i can't think of another explanation other than the class is really not registered, there is a registry corruption or perhaps a misconfiguration. Not sure if this is relevant, but here are some people talking about "Class not registered" on Windows 8 with Chrome: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/chrome/jxHvPMKVdKU/MpORZ-lEyIoJ Looks like a bunch of people have something similar, but this was with Chrome 22 which is kind of dated by now.
  13. I use this well known method to open web links from the BitFlock client: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305703 The error that I'm seeing from your system is: [system]System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: Class not registered The Microsoft article does state that: "This code is highly dependent on the application-file type associations in the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT hive of the registry. This can lead to unexpected results and exceptions if the registry is damaged." So that may be one cause. However, I do see that over here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/502199/how-to-open-a-web-page-from-my-application There's a comment to suggest that this has something to do with Windows 8 and some suggestions that it may have something to do with UAC. I just tried it on a fairly clean Windows 8 machine and it seems to be working as intended.
  14. Announcing the StableBit Tweet to Win Giveaway! Every week we'll be giving away copies of StableBit DrivePool and the StableBit Scanner to some lucky winners who enter the contest, no strings attached. I'll be posting more about this on the Blog and on StableBit.com, but for now here are the details. How to Enter To enter, you simply tweet: I'd like to win the #StableBit Scanner from http://StableBit.com @Covecube I'd like to win #StableBit DrivePool from http://StableBit.com @Covecube And that's it, it's that simple. The contest has already started for this week, so you can enter today. You'll get a confirmation tweet back within a few minutes acknowledging your entry. You can enter once for each product, and if you don't win you can enter again next week. How it Works At the beginning of every Sunday, a secure cryptographic random number generator will pick 2 winners. The winners will get a tweet with a URL to claim their prize. When you click on the URL you can claim the prize as yourself or easily give it as a gift to someone else. To claim a prize you'll need to enter your first and last name, and your email address. We'll send the activation details to the email that you provide. What's the Catch? Well, I've been thinking about how we can raise product awareness and at the same time give something back to our users and this is one of the ideas that I came up with. The catch is that you're advertising our product when you tweet to enter the contest and that's really it. We're not collecting your emails or twitter handles for some mass marketing campaign or anything of that sort. Even if you own one of our products and wish to support us, you can still enter the contest. We would definitely appreciate that! If you win, you will have the option to give your prize to someone else as a gift. Thanks for tweeting. Edit: The current chances of winning are 1 in 20. The more people enter, the more people win.
  15. Ok, I got your error reports. It seems like "https://" is not registered on your system, as if you have no default web browser installed. So in that case, just typing in the URL that's on the screen in any web browser's address bar should work.
  16. Just speaking from personal experience here, The EARS drives were very flaky and I would not hold that against WD because they were one of the first (if not the first) drives to implement 4K sectors. But I still have a couple of these chugging along with the Scanner keeping a close watch on them. As Drashna said, the WD RED drives are a far better solution today.
  17. I just have to mention that, personally, I've used SyncBack SE (not Pro) for years. It's a great piece of software and reasonably priced too.
  18. Ok, you should find error reports in: C:\ProgramData\BitFlock.com\ErrorReports Please ZIP them up and attach them here and I'll take a look at why it's crashing. Thanks,
  19. Ok, I've updated the BitFlock client to write out the error reports, write out an event log entry and show a more informative error message with a link to this forum. In addition, it is now compiled against our latest disk pass-through code. Give the new build a try and let me know if the problem continues (v.
  20. Saiyan, Based on your StableBit Scanner screen, the problem is not the RAW value, but rather that the value has dropped below the threshold on a pre-fail type attribute. But that screen just looks wrong. WD Green Drives should be publishing a lot more SMART attributes. So yes, it could be a false positive. But then again I do see 16 reallocation even counts. Can you please PM me your BitFlock submission ID at the bottom of the SMART Window so that I could take a look at the raw data? Also, we can set up a remote support appointment if you'd like and I'll log in and take a look at what's going on there. Thanks,
  21. Alex

    File System check

    Hmm... so it seems like one partition somehow got into a state where it was not being rechecked, and yet the alert viewer was reporting that as an error. I'll review the file system scan code to see if I could spot the cause of something like that.
  22. Alex

    Windows 8 & File History

    Just to confirm, File History doesn't seem to be working when backing up to the pool. I've added this as a known issue and I'll see if we can make this work in the future.
  23. I've looked into this pretty extensively actually and got pretty far as far as adding TrueCrypt support. Unfortunately I ran into kind of a big technical issue. TrueCrypt volumes do not reside on emulated physical disks. So for example, if you look at our DrivePool virtual volume in disk management you will see that it has an emulated virtual disk backing it. That's because DrivePool actually emulates a SCSI disk and lets the Windows Plug and Play system mount it as usual. It turns out that TrueCrypt doesn't do this. It "hacks" its volume into existence, but there is no disk backing it. This presents a problem for DrivePool because it was written to work with physical disks (or even virtual disks, but there must be a disk there). Whenever a new pool part arrives in the system, DrivePool will query that pool part for some disk information including the physical storage unit index. This is critical to how real-time duplication functions because one or more pool parts can reside on the same physical disk (e.g. on multiple partitions). TrueCrypt doesn't know how to answer to these queries. So the bottom line is that DrivePool's pool part management code needs to understand how to deal with volumes that don't reside on physical disk and I plan to implement this in the forthcoming 2.1 BETA.
  24. Monty, I've done some testing with the SiL 3114 using the latest drivers and RAID firmware available here: http://www.siliconimage.com/support/ I've posted my standard StableBit Scanner compatibility report here: http://community.covecube.com/index.php?/topic/237-sil3114-sata-controller-chip/ For me, the card was displaying the correct serial number on all ports, but SMART data was only available on the first port. I couldn't get the BASE firmware flashed. The Windows and DOS flash utility both failed. Do you know what firmware you're using, and make sure that you're on the latest driver.
  25. Overall Supports Identify: Yes * Supports SMART: Yes * * When using the RAID firmware and driver, but only on the first port. RAID Firmware Firmware: 5.4.03 (3/2/2007) AHCI compatible: No (proprietary driver required) Link: http://www.siliconimage.com/support/ Driver: (2/9/2010) Si3114r5.sys Link: http://www.siliconimage.com/support/ StableBit Scanner - Direct I/O Methods: SmartIoCtl Identify: Yes * SDD: Yes SMART Status: Yes * SMART Attributes: Yes * SMART Thresholds: Yes * SMART Error Log: No Power Mode: No * Data is only valid on the first port of the controller (bug in controller driver). Workaround implemented in StableBit Scanner StableBit Scanner - WMI SMART Status: No SMART Attributes: No SMART Thresholds: No SMART Error Log: No Power Mode: No Performance Burst: 80.7 MB/s Tested on Windows 8 x64 BASE Firmware Unable to Flash. All attempts failed.
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