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      Getting Help   11/07/17

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  1. Good day. So last night I disbanded the RAID and created my new shiny pool. I thought about using Ordered File Placement, since "By Folder Placement" is not implemented (Drive Bender wanted to implement this like 3 years ago, but it did not come.) But filling-up disk by disk is not quite what I want, it's close but not quite. Why? Because I will be using one or two of the disks "outside" of the poolpart, so I do not necessarily want to fill them up - letting DrivePool use always the least-full disk ensures each disk will always be as free as possible, and this makes sense if you're going to use the disks for stuff outside of the pool folder. Enter file-placement rules. I always thought I would never need them. But it turns out I will be using them after all - I will tell DrivePool to use 2 of the 3 disks for all my data files that are normal size and duplicated (e.g. documents and the like) and it will be placing the rest (e.g. movies) where it wants. I think this will be really good - all the important data will be together, mirrored on two disks, so it will make everything simple for recovery (e.g. just like with the Ordered File Placement) but I will also have the advantage of always having the maximum amount of free space on each disk. Amazing how flexible Drivepool is. I still wish there was a per-folder balancer, but when I think about writing one, it quickly becomes complicated - you need a "chunk size" because if a folder is 6TB in size you can't just treat it as a single entity, you need to be able to split big folders into chucks so you have some flexibility in placement and duplication. Anyway, maybe one day Alex can think about it. Regards,
  2. Bypass NTFS Filters + Disable Buffer Flushing

    Hi Chistopher. Nope, LastWake is useless, here is what it prints: Wake History Count - 1, Wake History [0], Wake Source Count - 0. And I got ALL the wake-up methods disabled in the NIC, so that's not it, I think maybe it's not supported on desktops, it's some bug in Windows, something like it wakes-up immediately so it can watch for the critical % coming-up. I just use the critical action, set sleep to do nothing. Regards,
  3. Bypass NTFS Filters + Disable Buffer Flushing

    Alright, tonight was UPS testing night. As far as Active PFC and simulated sine waves, no issues, but I can only pull 200W off the UPS (I currently do not have a graphics card). Unfortunately, not everything works. If I set the computer to sleep at say 80% and to shutdown at 70%, it goes to sleep correctly but then it wakes-up immediately, and stays turned on until it hits the critical level. Event log is not helping, it always says the wake-up source is unknown (even if you wake with the mouse). This works fine with a laptop, not so well with a UPS and a desktop. Maybe it works better in Windows 10? At least it does shut down correctly at the critical level (when I power it on again it records that it shutdown unexpectedly in the event log; hopefully it flushes its buffers correctly when it shuts down!) Anyway, thanks for the Active PFC info!
  4. Bypass NTFS Filters + Disable Buffer Flushing

    Ah man! I didn't know about Active PFC until now! And of course my relatively cheap UPS uses simulated sine waves. So I had to search for EVGA and UPS and Active PFC. According to a FAQ on the EVGA website, my PSU should be fine with my UPS, but I will have to do tests to make sure. I should've talked to you BEFORE getting the UPS, lol. As for line interactive, I thought they would all be like that by now. According to this, my Back-UPS "Pro" should be Line-Interactive: http://www.apc.com/us/en/faqs/FA157448/ Regards,
  5. Bypass NTFS Filters + Disable Buffer Flushing

    I went with an APC BR1500; I only have the one PC so I do not need an industrial one like you lol. And APC batteries are easy to get on Amazon. APC's aren't that good, and their software is really bad, but because they are popular you can find batteries everywhere.
  6. Removing a disk (continued)

    Note that I did not use Ignore-Poolpart, I just renamed or deleted the folders. I had a look at unignore-poolpart, but it wants a poolpart folder, which is difficult once the folder is deleted :-) Regards,
  7. Removing a disk (continued)

    Hi Christopher. Hmmm, maybe I should leave the service running? I had renamed the poolparts with the service down, and upon restarting the service, the pool drive disappeared but the 2 drives were no longer available to create a new pool. Tonight I tried again, created a pool, stopped the service, SHIFT-DELETED both poolparts, restarted the service: The pool drive disappeared, but both drives were no longer listed as available to create a pool with. I rebooted but no change. Looked at dpcmd options but nothing worked. I basically had to un-install DrivePool, delete the ProgramData and re-install. I am using release 890 on Windows 7. It works for you? The drives re-appear in the UI, ready to be added to a pool again? PS: Windows creates a recycle bin and a system volume information inside the pool? Annoying how it does this on every drive it finds; it could at least wait until VSS is called upon, if ever - I had to edit security to get rid of the poolpart. And noticed something else: That poolpart folder, the name is pretty long right? I ended-up with > 260 char paths, had to use LongPathFixer to delete the files (I had copied them with robocopy). I am going to have to think about this. Regards,
  8. Bypass NTFS Filters + Disable Buffer Flushing

    Hi Christopher. Indeed, one of the reasons I went with DrivePool is the awesome support for reparse points (too bad Plex uses hardlinks). Plus I do want stuff scanned by the A/V on the pool, so unless I run into race conditions I'll definitively leave this as is! Thanks for checking! Yeah, I'll disable that Buffer-Flushing thing on the pool, I will gain milliseconds (maybe) and it doesn't really matter anyway! Even BSODs won't crash the drive because of this (they WILL crash the drive because Windows has write-cache, but not because of buffer flushing) so why not, I got a big UPS anyway. Best Regards,
  9. Removing a disk (continued)

    I tried that already, I stopped the service and renamed the poolpart folders, but when I restarted the service (the pool drive went away) and opened DrivePool, both drives were missing from the list; I could not create a new pool with them. You think this is a bug?
  10. Bypass NTFS Filters + Disable Buffer Flushing

    Good day. BypassNtfsFilters is False by default @ least in the version I installed, which is 2.2.0.890 (beta). I'll leave it disabled, I'm going to download to the pool and I need those files scanned by the Anti-Virus as they are opened/closed. I'll come back if it becomes a problem. "CoveFs_BypassNtfsFilters": { "Default": false, "Override": null } As for that Buffer Flushing thing, yeah, the link I posted above has plenty of comments from people saying hard drives are lying anyway. Best Regards,
  11. Bypass NTFS Filters + Disable Buffer Flushing

    Well, I finally found a good explanation of that Buffer Flushing setting: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20100909-00/?p=12913/ And I ran a real quick robocopy test; disabling Buffer Flushing saved ~10 seconds on a ~180 seconds copy, not exactly a superstellar improvement (I guess it is within the margin of error, meaning it might not have improved anything at all.) Regards,
  12. Good day. Sorry to flood the forum with questions. My first questions is about BypassNtfsFilters. The WIKI says that this is True by default, but it is in fact (nowadays) False by default. Have you found lots of programs that NEED this to be True? Because I'm thinking of getting a good write-back cache program, and it uses a filter to cache stuff, which means I would not be able to bypass. What about A/V? If we bypass the NTFS filters, will that not disable protection on those drives? My second question is about Window's "Disable Buffer Flushing" option. The internet is full of different opinions on this. Like I said above, I want to improve write-caching. Anyone know if that option in Windows will do this? See, I come from having tested an Intel built-in RAID, and to enable write-back caching we need to disable "Buffer Flushing." The difference is huge; the Intel RAID has horrible write performance without the write-back cache, so I am kinda sensitive to this subject right now. Thank you all.
  13. Removing a disk (continued)

    Good day. Ok, so I was testing DrivePool, created a pool on 2 drives, did some tests, all good. So now I need to get rid of the pool, destroy the raid so that I have 3 disks again, and create a new pool. No problem I thought, I'll just rename the poolpart folders and restart the service -> What happens when you do this is that yes, the pool disappears, but Drivepool REMEMBERs those disks, they do NOT become available to create a new pool with! So it is a bit like with dpcmd ignore-poolpart, it marks the disks and will not re-use them. I think there should be a way to destroy a pool and leave everything where it is, without marking the disks as "do not reUse." What I could've done is wipe ProgramData\Stablebit, but what I ended-up doing is I removed the disk with the least amount of data, let DP move the data to the remaining (much bigger) disk, and then removed that final disk. A "Delete Pool" choice in the UI would've been nice. Best Regards,
  14. Dual-Boot (continued)

    FYI - Works fine with a real license :-) The hard part will be software updates. If I update DP on Win7 and you convert some data files to a new format, when I boot Win10 it will crash on the updated data. I think the best way will be to boot into one O/S, disable the Drivepool service, split the ProgramData folder, boot into the other O/S, upgrade the software, boot back into the first O/S, upgrade the software, then merge the ProgramData again and finally restart the Drivepool service. This should take care of ProgramData files changing format, and also of Alternate Data Streams changing format. Regards,
  15. Awesome product and awesome support

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