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    DrivePool + Primocache

    Good day Jaga. Arg, so IOZone produces complicated CSV files? Darn, it looked perfect, all the website said it does is call standard disk stuff, not trying to measure position on disk or bypass cache. Sandra also looked promising. It's so difficult to find a benchmark for disks that doesn't try to get the disk's raw performance. Well who knows, maybe it is 4 times faster with PrimoCache enabled! When I go to their forums (it's on the todo list) to ask some questions, I'll ask if they know of a benchmark we can use. Thanks!
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    DrivePool + Primocache

    Hey! Thanks for discussing this. You have me interested. When I have time I will go to their forums/feedback and ask about a dynamic-size cache. They will probably tell me it cannot be done, lol, but if they did manage it for their RAMDisk then why not with the cache? Even with a fixed-size, it /could/ be good to have a smallish PrimoCache sitting underneath the Windows cache, especially with write-back (you are correct, Windows' write-cache sucks.) I see you can group disks and create separate caches, that's good - I probably would not want to cache my fast-enough SSD, but the DrivePool is something else! It took an HOUR to 7-zip unpack 1.2 million small files the other day, Gods it was slow! About CacheSet: Oh I have this already, but here are the Win7 defaults: Current minimum working set size: 1048576 Current maximum working set size: 1099511627776. That is, 1TB maximum size by default, so no need to touch it ;-) For disk benchmarks, we need something like AnandTech's Storage Bench. I checked AIDA but I don't see what I want in there. Maybe you can try IOZone or Sandra ? Best Regards,
  3. Good day. For what it's worth, I tried just now on my own pool and the folder datetime is updated correctly (Win7, single pool 3 drives). How are the files created? i.e. which software creates them? For my test I just did New->TextFile and that worked OK... Regards,
  4. No issues with Kaspersky and the pool on my machine...
  5. Good day. I'm not sure about this, but you /could/ disable the DrivePool service and reboot, THEN disconnect the USB drives, and finally restart the service. I say I'm not sure, because even when I disable the service and reboot, the pool's drive is still there in Windows (the CoveFS device stays enabled) so I'm not sure if that would free-up the locks or not; you could try it... Regards,
  6. B00ze

    DrivePool + Primocache

    Hi Jaga. Comparing speeds with PrimoCache and then without ANY cache is not very useful, especially if you tell CrystalDisk to use a tiny 500MB file. I replied because I wish you would post numbers that compare the Windows cache VS PrimoCache, as I have been interested in PrimoCache. I used to run PowerCache (I think it was called) on Amiga, and could set the number of sets and the number of lines for the cache for each disk, so I was able to optimize depending on what kind of data was on the disks, and it was quite efficient. It was, like FancyCache, a sector-based cache, and I think it is a bit better than what Microsoft does, which is a FILE cache. BUT, since absolutely everything in NTFS is a file, using a file cache should not be all that bad; plus, if Windows does like BeOS, it can run programs directly from cache without first having to copy them somewhere else in RAM. Also, as far as I know, you can't "set Windows' system cache to allow it to expand well past normal limits" - In Win7 at least, it will used-up ALL available RAM by default (at least it does on my 32GB system, and I haven't touched any cache parameters.) I'd use PrimoCache almost immediately if I could tell it to do like Windows does - Grow to use all available RAM, then shrink when something needs the RAM. I'm not too keen having to specify in advance how big the cache will be. What happens if we use BOTH PrimoCache and Windows Cache? I might be interested in a small PrimoCache, below the native cache (but really, what I want is a cache that grows and shrinks, and that does write-back...) Regards,
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    DrivePool + Primocache

    Good day. I think CrystalDiskMark bypasses the Windows cache when it runs its tests, but cannot bypass PrimoCache. So while PrimoCache looks impressive, you should really compare with something that doesn't bypass the windows cache, if you want to know how much faster PrimoCache is compared to native caching... Regards,
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    Meltdown / Spectre Benchmark

    Wow, just discovered this. I bench 32M switches with, vs 92M without, and that's with Meltdown only (haven't patched BIOS yet). Thankfully under normal use I only see 1000 - 30,000 switches, so the effect is limited. Regards,
  9. B00ze

    [HOWTO] File Location Catalog

    Good day. Of course, this is kinda the whole point. Do you have Excel? You can load a CSV from before the loss of a drive, and a CSV from after the loss, and compare them. There is this function in Excel called VLOOKUP. You load both files into the same workbook as sheets, add a column to one of them and VLOOKUP the file paths in this one to the paths in the other; whatever's missing is what you've lost. You could setup conditional highlighting to do the same thing (I think.) Once you got a list in Excel, you can sort then copy/paste in a text file. You can then automate the process of recovery by writing a small batch script that reads the text file and copies the missing files from backup back onto the pool. If you do not use duplication at all, then it's even easier, just sort by disk and whatever's on the lost drive is what you need to recover. Regards,
  10. B00ze

    Drive pool backups/Keeping files in folders together

    Hi. If you just mount the missing pool now and again, and use copy/robocopy/syncToy/whatever to synchronize the 2 pools, then I don't see any issues. Just remember that you always have to reConnect ALL the drives from Pool 2, or the pool will be read-only. I wish someone else who'd tried that before would jump in; DrivePool is not supposed to have any issues with the scenario you describe, so that's what I'm saying, but it's always better if someone answers that has actually done it before (taking drives offline/online repeatedly.) I've done something similar, and DrivePool detected my pool just fine, but I've only done it a couple times, I've not tried this on a regular basis. Regards,
  11. That ticket is private, i.e. I cannot see the details. But I think 1 MB is a good chunk size; I'm not sure increasing it would make a difference (not knowing how read-stripping works, I cannot say.) So long as you remember you have a Nuts-n-Bolts to do on this, I'm good; we can discuss once it's published. Of course you could push and push and push for better performance, lol, but I'm okay waiting until someone @ StableBit decides now is the time to tackle this. Thanks again for being here! Regards,
  12. B00ze

    Micro-management Of Drivepool - Solved by using junctions.

    What's fantastic is that DrivePool supports them!
  13. B00ze

    Drive pool backups/Keeping files in folders together

    Hi A Pool A Day Keeps The Doctor Away. There was a big discussion about this, see here: File Placement Based On Folder (towards the end I added a few replies on the problems I'd run into if I was to code this myself...) As for backup, just so you know, if 1 drive is missing from a pool, you can no longer write to that pool until you re-balance (i.e. remove the drive from the UI and see what happens.) So at least you'd have to make sure you always reconnect all the USB drives. Christopher can say for sure about what would happen when 2 pools are related by duplication and then 1 pool goes offline, I've never tried that before. Regards,
  14. Hi Christopher. I agree that DrivePool cannot be as fast as a stripped array, but unless Alex explains where the difficulty lies (and it's quite possible there *is* a big difficulty,) I am for now convinced it can do better than 10% improvement reading the same file on 2 drives. I'm pretty sure we can cook-up a simple test program that sends a read for a MB off to drive 1 and then immediately sends a read for the next MB off to drive 2 (using ASync I/O so both reads go off and then the program sleeps,) and so on, and achieve respectable results. I don't know, maybe the driver cannot do ASync I/O? There is a difficulty somewhere, because DrivePool isn't really using more than 1 drive at a time... Wouldn't it be great if DrivePool could be used for cases like Matt's, where someone bought the program JUST to improve performance while also being able to read the drives like plain old NTFS volumes? That's why I said it's a legitimate use-case - i.e. unless there is some big difficulty making it impossible to do any better than now, then better performance should be something you should think about; it would improve the uses for DrivePool. PS: Been using DP for some time now; no problems to report except a little hiccup the other day. Works great!
  15. B00ze

    Trigger a scheduled task or script after balance?

    Hi Christopher. Lol, you know what that means: my BitLocker_PoolPartUnlockDetect.Override setting had not been working since the get-go! I don't really hear the drives spin-up or down, so it's hard for me to see if they spin-down as they should, I'd have to leave the computer idle on purpose and I haven't really had time to test this. I /think/ they don't spin-down, but it could be something else than DrivePool, like the Intel RAID driver that's still running the drives (I had to disable spin-down in Windows when this was a Intel RAID otherwise the Intel driver was fighting the sleep and re-spinning the drives up immediately. I have since re-enabled sleep in Windows, but not tested.) PS: The lock file works fine now that I don't have an error in the config. Regards,
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