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    Spider99 got a reaction from vapedrib in Latest Stats and PR from Backblaze   
    Here you go so more stats on HDD failures
     
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-failure-rates-q3-2016/
     
    I am going to tune in for their Friday webinar to see what they have to say
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    Spider99 got a reaction from vapedrib in Essentials 2012 R2   
    Hi
     
    Proud owner  of a shinny new Essential Server
     
    Its along time since i played with Windows server - some things are the same but a lot has changed so....
     
    Any recommendations on what to read/watch on how to set it up and use some of the features etc
     
    There appears to be a lot of info but where to start with a good guide etc?
     
    Thanks
    T
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    Spider99 got a reaction from awraynor in Hide Drives In Pool   
    using the Statistics plugin i see 
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    Spider99 reacted to JazzMan in Pool Order   
    Is it possible to reorder the way the pools appear in the UI and/or the order in which they are measured?
     
    At the moment my large G Pool is listed first in the UI and is re-measured first whenever is considered inconsistent.
     
    I'd like my smaller D pool to be first in the UI and "Next Pool" would take me to the G pool.  D is more important, would re-measure quicker, and D comes before G in the alphabet.
     
    Thanks,
    David
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Hide Drives In Pool   
    similar to Chris
     
    Large part of mine is Blu-ray backup copies, Movies and TV series ripped, home movies plus historical data etc etc
     
    Duplicated mostly except the Blu-Ray backup copies as still have the original media
     
    I think you better start collecting to catch up
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    Spider99 got a reaction from awraynor in Hide Drives In Pool   
    similar to Chris
     
    Large part of mine is Blu-ray backup copies, Movies and TV series ripped, home movies plus historical data etc etc
     
    Duplicated mostly except the Blu-Ray backup copies as still have the original media
     
    I think you better start collecting to catch up
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in "Other" Data but shouldn't be   
    10x/x2 means the folder containing the file is across 10 disks (poolparts) and the file is duplicated twice on 2 of the 10 disks
     
    x2 is the expected number of parts
     
    if you look at the example in the dpcmd thread it shows a x3/x2 with 3 poolparts and two copies
     
    if you have 10 disks the root folder will be on all disks - sub directories may or may not be on all disks as you go down the tree of directories the number of disks containing directories generally decreases down to x2(or more) at the bottom of the tree.
     
    In the gui if you put your mouse over each disk in turn it will amongst other things show you how much "other" is on each disk - you might find one disk has a lot more than the others
     
    On a pool of 13 disks - i have 16.3gb on another pool of 20 disks i have 11.9GB - it goes up and down while it balances as it moves data from my ssd's to the pool as the "in transit" data gets added to the "other" until its fully copied - hence why you see it going up and down - if its large files being moved you can see the "other" data as its added to a disk "grey" bit which then turns blue when fully copied. Each disk has a few hundred meg of other - mostly ntfs data that you cannot see or access and its only because DP shows it to you that its an "issue" - in normal windows you cant see this data so you dont know its there but it is - its usually the master files records for the disk a database managed by windows all normal as long as its does no get into the multi 10's gb range which it looks like your are not. Also as Chris said if you have data outside the poolparts directory this will be counted as other as well. Also any System Volume Information directories are another culprit with volume snapshots etc (pia mostly)
     
    Have fun
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Antoineki in Essentials 2012 R2   
    Hi
     
    Proud owner  of a shinny new Essential Server
     
    Its along time since i played with Windows server - some things are the same but a lot has changed so....
     
    Any recommendations on what to read/watch on how to set it up and use some of the features etc
     
    There appears to be a lot of info but where to start with a good guide etc?
     
    Thanks
    T
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    Spider99 reacted to Umfriend in File placement based on folder   
    Uhm, I actually want DP to be as simple and fast as possible and would prefer not to have fancy placement stuff in there. But then, I consider the File Placement Rules evil as well. My fear would be that as DP does more, it becomes more vulnerable to bugs and user mishaps. I wonder (but I may be well off here) whether using seperate HDDs and then defining libraries in Windows would not be a more logical solution for the suggested function here.
     
    One of my main concerns is that (and I have looked at the UnRAID link provided above briefly) either DP can not guarantee placement as expected, causing issues when one expects to recover easily, or must check and produce error reports. Let's say for instance that you want a certain folder on one HDD, the folder size is 3TB and the biggest HDD is 2TB. What should it do? It may then spill over to others (this is what happens with File Placement Rules if I am not mistaken) but unless this is reported clearly, a user may still be off as bad as with random placement (where the user knows placement is "random"). If it is reported clearly then the user must still micromanage. DP may also say there is not enough space but you might have a 10TB Pool with 5TB free and still run into this. Another concern is that DP would have to become more context-aware when placing files or balancing and, when free space becomes limited, may need to reshuffle entire folders to make room for an addition to another. The UnRaid document alludes to such issues as well with their implementation of split levels (and as far as I can tell it does not do a reshuffling at all but errors out on free space even if in the aggregate there is a lot available).
     
    I prefer DP to offer a single virtual drive and manage placement as it seems fit (use least occupied HDD or fill all equal %-age), run as unattended as possible and, if you have duplication, it will recover itself (for instance if you have a hierarchic Pool with one base-Pool/string as Amazon Cloud Drive Unlimited with a 500 Mbit connection and local HDDs as the other base-Pool/string). If it becomes bloated with user options and suffers in stability then that would, IMHO, be a bad thing.
     
    Anyway, just my 0.02$ worth.
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    Spider99 reacted to Christopher (Drashna) in Gallbladders suck   
    And all is "done" for now.
     
    Had the stents removed and the drain removed (last month, actually). 
     
    And I'm doing fine now.  Still need to be careful about how much fat I eat, but that's a  good thing (IMO).
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Wd red drives 3Tb or 4 Tb any problems with either   
    Hi
     
    Red pro are noisy and run hot although a good drive - but expensive for what you get if you are not going to use them in a NAS
     
    i have HGST (4tb) drives and they are fast at 170 + MB/s when lightly filled when full they drop down to ~ 120 MB/s with large files
     
    SSD's obviously significantly faster
     
    Have you thought of Raid 0 for stream - as long as you have a good backup strategy to protect your data - then cheaper/smaller SSD's could be used as a failure will take out the whole raid as 0 has no redundancy 
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    Spider99 got a reaction from docjl61 in A new pool always starts off as an empty drive.   
    did the drives have files on before you combined them into the pool?
     
    if so you need to move the files into the poolpart (hidden) directory on the drives then they will appear in the pool
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Formatting Media server PC   
    Assuming the c: drive is not part of the pool then you have little to worry about
     
    re installing win 7 will only install on the c: drive - you are in control of that anyway - or just disconnect the power leads to the pool drives while you do the install
     
    then reinstall DP/Scanner etc and the pool will be recognised by default 
     
    If the drives come back with different letters just change them in disk management before you install any other software
     
    As for the backup - look at something like syncbackpro - there is a free version as well
     
    RDP will be fine
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    Spider99 got a reaction from LavetaJef in SMART used as a predictor of failure?   
    Interesting article from backBlaze on SMART info
     
    Not definitive but interesting
     
    Wish they would learn how to present stats and % properly as it makes it difficult to figure out what the numbers mean!
     
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-smart-stats-indicate-hard-drive-failures/
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Bluetac in Need Advice On SATA Controller Purchase   
    lol - yes have three of the 950 Pro's
     
    doubt you need to raid 0 them as you are unlikely to have anything that will stress them
     
    Make sure you get Samsung Magician and the Samsung NVME drivers as Windows 10 only has a basic driver
     
    IIRC scanner might have issues with getting the SMART info off the drives - but it will get fixed im sure
     
    Make sure the NVME drives are very well cooled as the run very hot 60-80c in operation and can easily overheat - then they throttle their speed 
     
    Enjoy
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Ginoliggime in Migrating 40 TB ext4 file   
    Yes its essentials - had it happen a few times yesterday when creating directories on a shared drive via windows explorer
     
    that shared drive is under server folders not shared folders
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Bluetac in Samsung 850 pro 128 gig smart issue   
    The life for your ssd is 150TB 
     
    so 15Tb per year
     
    you are well under per year
     
    My 2012r2 is very chatty with its disk at about 4tb for 4-5 months
     
    If you look in scanner there is an almost constant read/write going on - i have yet to find the culprit(s) even with search turned off
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Bluetac in Samsung 850 pro 128 gig smart issue   
    its three+ years old i would plan for a replacement pronto
     
    keep a close eye on the 220's and see if its changing (which i suspect it is) 
     
    SSD's only have so much life and when it runs out the disk goes read only
     
    how much has it written - its in the smart info further down
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Samsung 850 pro 128 gig smart issue   
    its three+ years old i would plan for a replacement pronto
     
    keep a close eye on the 220's and see if its changing (which i suspect it is) 
     
    SSD's only have so much life and when it runs out the disk goes read only
     
    how much has it written - its in the smart info further down
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    Spider99 reacted to NfiniteZERO in Recycling old PC for Home Server/NAS duty   
    Thanks for the great responses!

    I'm going to mark this as "Solved" and maybe get to work on setting this thing up - mostly because my laptop is still out of commission and it looks like I need to buy tires for my truck.

    Hoping to pop back in with pics once it's up and running.

    Cheers!
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Recycling old PC for Home Server/NAS duty   
    Win pro just runs headless - just need to ensure RDP is enabled IIRC its off by default - other than that you are good to go out the box
     
     
    You must be one of the few people in the world happy to watch 480p
     
    with 30-45% cpu Plex was transcoding that movie - if it was direct streaming then it would be similar to a file copy probably less than 5% - its the client software/device that determines if transcoding is needed or not
     
    Good Luck with getting some sleep
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    Spider99 got a reaction from NfiniteZERO in Recycling old PC for Home Server/NAS duty   
    Yep it should work fine as you describe
     
    Only thing that will not work that well is the Plex server for any transcoding thats needed - you dont mention you clients to play any media as they dictate what does and does not need transcoding
     
    You can overcome this by making sure your media is in a format that the clients can play natively so your server streams the media directly
     
    If it were mine i would increase the Ram to give windows and plex room to breath say 8gb or 16gb but you could do that after you have it running to see if it needs it and its a cheap upgrade
     
    Have fun
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Ginoliggime in [Bug] SSD Cache - Copy fails when nearly full and [Bug] "Unusable for duplication"   
    As i understand it when the SSd cache becomes full it should fall back to the Archive drives
     
    But
     
    If you are copying large volumes of data (internally within the server in this case) it will fail 50% of the time
     
    Basically what appears to be happening is
     
    If the ssd's are beyond their limit % full setting the next file will fall back to the archive drives - as expected - (in my case 95% full)
     
    However if the ssd's are not at or near the % full setting and the next file exceeds the remaining space on the ssd's (large video files) then the copy fails with a STREAM(????) error - not good for unattended large copies 
     
    If you get the pool to balance and create sufficient space the copy will proceed - however this "paused" copy has an unwanted side effect as it generates a large amount of "Unusable for duplication" data in my case over 700GB worth - checking the disks sizes and comparing file size totals - with checking for hidden files and running a full chkdsk /f on all drives did not show any errors or orphaned files - its appears to be a bug in the calc by DP - as copying more data to the pool reduces the "Unusable for duplication" by the amount copied . In my case there are no other files on these disks only the pool part dir, recycle bin and SVI - both SVI and recycle bin are turned off and empty as they were the first things i checked.
     
    Have a suspicion that the amount of "Unusable for duplication" is the size of the copy which "fails" and if you have more than one it is cumulative - difficult to check as it depends what files are copied and their sizes to induce the error.
     
    I did reboot to see if it would solve the issue - no joy
    I remeasured the pool a couple of times - no joy
     
    i just copied 203GB of data to the pool and the  "Unusable for duplication" dropped from 502GB to 299GB - as each file was copied the total dropped by that amount during the copy.
    Doing a second copy of 296GB to see if i end up with ~ 3GB left in "Unusable for duplication" - total is dropping by file copied as seen in first copy. [edit] - ended up with 3.34GB unusable left after copy. Now it is back to normal as have copied more data across to the pool and do not have Unusable anymore.
     
    DP version 740 Beta
    Win 2012r2 SE
    Pool in question is not duplicated
    Pool is second pool on server - if that makes any difference
     
    If you need any logs etc let me know
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Need Advice On SATA Controller Purchase   
    lol - yes have three of the 950 Pro's
     
    doubt you need to raid 0 them as you are unlikely to have anything that will stress them
     
    Make sure you get Samsung Magician and the Samsung NVME drivers as Windows 10 only has a basic driver
     
    IIRC scanner might have issues with getting the SMART info off the drives - but it will get fixed im sure
     
    Make sure the NVME drives are very well cooled as the run very hot 60-80c in operation and can easily overheat - then they throttle their speed 
     
    Enjoy
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    Spider99 got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in [Feature Request] - Drive Removal - Specify Target Drives   
    ok good
     
    get the whips out an encourage Alex to finish the cloud stuff so we can have a few new feature on DP please :)
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