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Christopher (Drashna)

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  1. Just a heads up, the duplication is essentially copying files from one of the drives to another drive.  The speed depends on a number of factors, such as the size of the files being moved (more and  smaller files will take longer than less and larger files, for the same amount of data).  Also, factors such as pool usage will impact this, since the duplication pass runs in a bachground priority. 

    You can temporarily boost the priority by clicking in the >> button next to the bar.   There is also an advanced setting to permanently boost the priority too. 


    The "FileDuplication_BackgroundIO" setting controls this. 

  2. sorry, I missed this.  And it looks like you're talking about StableBit CloudDrive, rather than StableBit Cloud. 

    1. For licenses for StableBit DrivePool, StableBit Scanner, and StableBit CloudDrive, each license is valid for only one system at a time.  You can have up to 8 licenses of each product per Activation ID.  After that, you'd need additional Activation IDs.  At least for the personal license.
    2. Basically, it's like a container.  You encrypt it at the start, or not.  You can't change it after the drive has been created.  However, you could enable Bitlocker on the drive (either as an alternative, or in addition).  So yes, you'd have to create a new drive and reupload.
    3. You would want to tweak the I/O performance settings for the drive.  More threads, and/or higher minimum download size can improve speeds. 
  3. Unfortunately, the only way to change the cluster size is to reformat the drive. 

    Also, the reason that it's not pinning the metadata is likely due to being dynamic disks.   And the only way to change that is to delete the partitions and recreate them. 

    In both cases, it may be simpler to move the data off of the drive, destroy it and recreate it.  


  4. Unfortunately, no.  StableBit DrivePool doesn't keep a list of all the files on the pool and their locations. 

    However, In StableBit DrivePool's UI, the pool icon (top left corner) should have a list of feedback/notications.  That should include messages like "Complete:  Ensure file consistency on pool" type messages, if the duplication pass completed. 

  5. Open up the UI, and you should see a "missing disk" listed in the UI.  Remove the missing disk, and it should return to a normal state. 

  6. FWIW, this issue appears to be an issue with the file system API that Google Drive is using.  Eg, they're using the wrong one.  We've tried reaching out to get this resolved, but have gotten absolutely no response. (not even an acknowledgement of message received. 

  7. Definitely overthinking it.   Specifically, while StableBit DrivePool will rebalance data, most of the default enabled balancers handle edge cases, so there should be very little balancing that occurs, once the pool has "settled".   

    There is a brief summary of these balancers here: 
    https://stablebit.com/Support/DrivePool/2.X/Manual?Section=Balancing Plug-ins#Default Plug-ins

    But for ease:

    • StableBit Scanner
      • This plug-in is designed to work in conjunction with the StableBit Scanner version 2.2 and newer. It performs automatic file evacuation from damaged drives and temperature control.
    • Volume Equalization
      • This balancer is responsible to equalizing the disk space used on multiple volumes that reside on the same physical disk. it has no user configurable settings.
    • Disk Usage Limiter
      • This plug-in lets you designate which disks are allowed to store unduplicated vs. duplicated files. It doesn't do anything unless you change its settings to limit file placement on a disk.
    • Prevent Drive Overfill
      • This plug-in tries to keep an empty buffer of free space on each drive part of the pool in order to facilitate existing file expansion.
    • Duplication Space Optimizer
      • This plug-in examines the current data distribution on all of your pooled disks and decides if some data needs to be rebalanced in order to provide optimal disk space availability for duplicated files (see About Balancing for more information).


    The StableBit Scanner balancer may move stuff around a lot, but only if it detects issues with a drive.  And the Duplication Space Optimizer will try to rebalance the data to minimize the amount of "Unusable for duplication" space on the pool.  Aside from that, none of these should move data around much, normally. 

  8. Sorry about that! We've been working on improving the contact site, but I'm not sure what happened here.  We are looking into it.

    It looks like it should be working fine now.   But just in case, stablebit.cloud has a separate link for support that will still work, and I can be emailed directly at "christopher@covecube.com" for support.

  9. Sorry about that! We've been working on improving the contact site, but I'm not sure what happened.   

    It looks like it should be working fine now.   But just in case, stablebit.cloud has a separate link for support that will still work, and I can be emailed directly at "christopher@covecube.com" for support.

  10. Especially if this is not an NVMe drive, SSDs use all sorts of different values for SMART.   What is valid and okay for one drive may be out of spec on another drive. And that's not asuming that the OEM isn't using some sort of encryption/obsfuscation for the numbers.   Which is super common.  

    NVMe has an actual, published standard, and is generally better about this (though, we've seen a few instances of issues with this). 

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