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  1. Continuing the thread from the old forum: http://forum.covecube.com/discussion/1129/critical-bsod-when-accessing-dp-over-a-network-share Just to recap, I've received a number of memory dumps over the past month or so showing a system crash in srv2.sys. Srv2.sys is Microsoft's file sharing driver that translates network file I/O requests into local file I/O requests on the server, but the implication is of course that StableBit DrivePool may somehow be the cause of these crashes. The crashes only occur on Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 (including Essentials). Paris has submitted the be
  2. Yep, or just use Quick Settings, which will set up the time for you.
  3. The stylistic inspiration for DrivePool 2.X came from Windows 8, and some mockups that I did for a potential cloud backup solution for the Windows Home Server years ago (way before Metro). This product was meant to follow up the StableBit Scanner, but MS decided to kill drive extender and so we have StableBit DrivePool instead. The functional inspiration came from programs like ICQ (the first IM client), Hamachi (before they got bought by logmein) and Skype. Here's a mock up of the potential OmniBackup web interface: And the file details: The mockups are rough and not
  4. To be honest, I wasn't 100% comfortable with the arrow not having any text next to it, but I doubt that any designer ever is 100% satisfied with their design. You always want to keep tweaking it to make it perfect, but there are time constraints (plus, we can't exactly afford Johny Ive here). I decided to ship it and listen for feedback, and based on that feedback I've slightly modified the pool options menu. It looks like this now: Let me know what you think.
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    DP network storage

    Well, DrivePool is really tested to be strictly compatible with NTFS. In theory, DrivePool should be able to work with any file system, but in practice you really need to test very thoroughly against any new file system or else bugs will crop up (and you can think of network shares as different file systems). But... I am thinking about networked pools, and I believe that we can solve this problem with a different approach and a new product which is in the works.
  6. Ok. Great. As far as which disk, the error reports don't show. Everything about the disk was coming up blank from VDS.
  7. I've done some more testing with the SiL based cards and have posted a updated builds (2914 / 2915 BETA), along with some other fixes and features. Download: http://stablebit.com/Scanner/Download These builds will use the VID hardware identifier of the controller and the driver name in order to decide when to apply the SiL workaround. The VID that I've put in is 1095.
  8. Ok, thanks for posting that. I'll take a look at why that is. That on-board controller is not using a Silicon Image chip, is it?
  9. Looks like one of your disks is not reporting any name at all. I've posted a new build for you to try in the support request that you've opened. Let me know.
  10. @weezywee Very cool. That APC box looks familiar (I think). I have a APC UPS that I've hacked to use 4x deep cycle marine batteries to provide 3 to 4 hours backup for my entire office (instead of the built in Li-Ion which would only last 15 min.).
  11. Thanks for your feedback, I'm definitely listening. While strictly speaking this is not a "Metro UI", I agree, it is similar. I thinks that one of the major problems with Metro is discoverability, it is nearly non-existent. If you're not familiar with it then you don't know what to click and where. Other than that, it's pretty neat. So I'll try to add more "discoverability" to DrivePool to make it easier to use.
  12. Ok, I've put in a fix and it looks like it's working over here. Try this build and let me know if that fixes the S/N problem. Download: Windows: http://dl.covecube.com/ScannerWindows/beta/download/StableBit.Scanner_2.4.0.2911_BETA.exe WHS 2011: http://dl.covecube.com/ScannerWhs2/beta/download/StableBit.Scanner_2.4.0.2912_BETA.wssx It may take a few minutes for the new S/N data to funnel down to DrivePool.
  13. This is actually a very interesting issue. According to the testing that I've been doing with the SiL3132 (3.0 Gb/s SATA II) card, it seems like the Si drivers do not respond properly to the Disk IDENTIFY and the SMART querying command that we're using. I bet this is what you're seeing. The StableBit Scanner tries multiple ways of communicating with the disk and the only one that goes through on some of these Si controllers is what's called the SMART_RCV_DRIVE_DATA (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/ff566204(v=vs.85).aspx). Unfortunately, the controller drive
  14. Yeah, unfortunately this is a restriction of build 260. I'm pretty sure that we can fix this in a future build. The file performance UI uses the PhysicalDisk performance counters to get the disk activity time, and it expects to find a drive letter in the instance name. But there's no reason why it has to look for the drive letter.
  15. For example, in the attached screen you can see a 5.46 TB pool which is not evenly distributed. But this is ok since you can still copy new files to the pool. DrivePool will simply place the new files on the disk with the most free space.
  16. DrivePool has a fairly complex balancing system, but by default it's set up to balance only when absolutely necessary. In other words, only when new file creation is not possible (or obstructed). If you really want to balance everything evenly you can install the Disk Space Equalizer plug-in from here: http://stablebit.com/DrivePool/Plugins
  17. Welcome everyone to the new Forum! In an effort to support our growing community, the old Vanilla based forum was retired. It will remain available at its old URL http://forum.covecube.com, but you won't be able to post anything new there. This new forum can be accessed at http://community.covcecube.com. Login Credentials If you've created an account on the old Vanilla forum, you can actually use the same username and password to log into this forum. In addition, this new forum now supports logging in with your Windows Live ID. Community With this new forum, my hope is to
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