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gwtony

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  1. Final update: after using "File Placement Limiter" (Above we were calling it something different) there was a progress bar and arrows showing the activity, which was nice, and that took a while, but not too crazy long considering the amount of data. After the data was moved off the drive as requested from file placement limiter plug in, I selected the drive for removal and that took maybe 5 minutes, Once the drive was not being used, the pool displayed the available space after which I shut down the server, removed the 2tb drive and installed a new 4tb drive in it's place, after reboot, I chose to use the RAW drive without assigning a drive letter so the pool would just use the entire drive. Done deal, more space, nothing missing! Thanks for the help!
  2. Another update: now when I go into the pool tab I can actually SEE arrows showing progress and SEE that drivepool is doing something. The "disk space limiter: option is a very good way to remove a drive. I just wanted to put this up to let you know that this forum has once again helped me through a process, and offered different options on performing a certain task. https://www.dropbox.com/s/sd2je1l8qgt1rxi/pool2.JPG?dl=0 Some time during this winter I may need to move all the drives into another computer and rebuild the pool that way, but that is another question for another topic. I am going to wait until this evening to document the final removal process before I mark this "solved" because I may encounter something else that would be helpful for others.
  3. Thank you for the reply. The server was not reset, BUT I did change settings in "drive space limiter" during the removal process, so I imagine that is what stopped the removal process. I am actually removing the 2tb drive and installing a larger 4tb drive for some more space. I have been taking some aerial videos with a drone and doing some other videos that are taking up the space. It's not for business, all personal use for fun and enjoyment, there are also some videos from my racing drone on there. It looks like things are under control at the moment using the Disk Space Limiter option prior to removal. I have a new problem developing on the server computer now... I think the motherboard or something on it is going bad, during boot it goes to the black screen, shows a couple hard drives, then just goes black... I ma not able to get to the bios or anything, I keep restarting and eventually it boots normally and WHS OS does not log any failures. If and when I build a new server, there will be many more questions on how I can rebuild the pool with the old drives and not having to actually copy the data if possible. As you can see by the pictures, Drivepool is showing progress status so it appears to be working.
  4. after work I logged into the server and seen the drive was not removed... something must have gone wrong, but i'm not sure what? I guess I will try another way to remove the drive, it shows there are some un duplicated files on the drive, so I don't want to just unplug it.
  5. I have searched for this and found it to be a problem, but I am not able to find some help for what is going on with my situation. I have 4 drives (2, 2TB, 2, 4TB), on WHS 2011 using drivepool ver 1.3.6.7585, all the drives are using around 70% capacity (average) The only thing wrong with the drive is a head parking count, but scanner or home server smart is not projecting any failure. I tagged one of the 2TB drives for removal and it is not showing any progress at all after 20 hours. if I go into "drives" it shows that is has a remaining capacity of 700GB, in "removing" status and this has been like that the entire time. I have found that I can tell the pool not to use the drive in advanced settings, but now I have to stop the removal process to do that. I need some help here... What should I do? Should I stop the process and then tell the pool not to use the drive? (I don't know how to stop the removal process) I just don't think it's actually working because it's not showing any progress and the drives are not getting any warmer indicating they are working hard. Please help, thank you
  6. Thanks so much, I feel a lot better now. I wonder if I should remove the one 3tb drive from the pool, reformat in GPT and then enter it back into the pool? Would that be worth doing, or just leave well enough alone?
  7. Question: What should I do with a second partition of a 3tb drive that is in my pool? First off, here is my pool 3 drives, 2, 2tb drives, and one 3tb drives. I’m just not sure of the best way to use a 3tb drive in the pool, where I rely on duplication as a form of saving data if a drive were to fail. I hope this makes sense…. Here is my concern. DrivePool duplicates my duplicated data among the same 3tb drive within the 2 partitions not knowing it is the same drive, now if that drive fails I will lose the first and second copy of data. Thanks in advance.
  8. I am currently using version 1.3.7653 and everything is working just great. In your opinion, do you feel it's safe to upgrade now to v2?
  9. gwtony

    Thank you, it works!

    I have stablebit scanner installed, along with server smart to evaluate hard drive health. Drive pool is also installed, and there are 3 hard drives in my pool. I mapped 2 of the DrivePool folders to my workstations, and use those folders all the time (one holds all my photos, the other holds all my videos). The other day I received a warning on the dashboard along with an email about one of the drives parking too many times which indicates a possible failure. This warning was only send from Scanner, not from server smart, so I looked into it and the drive seemed to be OK as far as performance, I thought maybe this Scanner is just a little too sensitive to some sort of reading because server smart had all check marks and did not show anything wrong with the drive. Needless to say, the drive failed about a month later. Not only did the one product prove to be a great value (Scanner), but the second product saved my data due to me not listening to Scanner’s warnings. Drive pool showed the drive as missing after it failed, I chose the remove drive option, and suffered no loss of any data. The remaining 2 drives balanced out and all is good. I just wanted to post this little story and to thank the team that has created and continues to support these products. I also feel that this post will help others decide to put faith into the product and have some piece of mind that their data is safe with proper use of the software. Thank YOU!
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