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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from MrPapaya in Beware of DrivePool corruption / data leakage / file deletion / performance degradation scenarios Windows 10/11   
    I'll post it here too.  
    There is a fix in the latest betas involving memory corruptions of file IDs.  
    However, ... the issue may also be the wrong API being used: 
     
     
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Tiemmothi in FAQ - Unduplicated vs Duplicated vs Other vs Unusable   
    To clarify (and make it simple to find), here is Alex's official definition of that "Other" space:
     
     
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    Christopher (Drashna) reacted to Elijah_Baley in It appears my boot sector is corrupted   
    Folks, thank all for the ideas. I am not neglecting them but I have some health issues that make it very hard for me to do much of anything for a while. I will try the more promising ones as my health permits but it will take some time. From operation and the lack of errors during writing/reading it seems that I am in no danger except duplication won't work. I can live with that for a while.
    Keep the ideas coming and, maybe, I can get this mess fixed and report back which tools worked for me.
    I am making one pass through my pool where I remove a drive from the pool, run full diagnosis and file system diagnosis on that drive then I re-add it back to the pool. When completed that will assure that there are no underlying drive problems and I can proceed from there.
    Thanks to all who tried to help this old man.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) reacted to msq in Google drive not supported after may 2024? Why?   
    You and your fibre broadband bubble
    Fair enough, thank you for your response. We'll wait for a message from Alex.
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from msq in Google drive not supported after may 2024? Why?   
    Alex has said that he plans on postind on the forums an announcement about this, and it may be best to wait for that. 
    That said, between the fact that Google Drive has always had a 750GB per account per day upload limit (which is pretty low), some of the odd issues that pop up with it, and that they've recently limited to 1TB (or 5TB) of data and lock the account if it exceeds it (eg, stops uploads),  the writing has been on the wall for a while.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Zammo in Using a little used drive from pool as replacement   
    No.  There is some very hidden data that doesn't copy over, really.  But if the new drive is added to the pool, you could copy the contents of the PoolPart folder on the old drive to the PoolPart folder on the new drive.   Just make sure you remeasure after it's done. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Shane in Google drive not supported after may 2024? Why?   
    Alex has said that he plans on postind on the forums an announcement about this, and it may be best to wait for that. 
    That said, between the fact that Google Drive has always had a 750GB per account per day upload limit (which is pretty low), some of the odd issues that pop up with it, and that they've recently limited to 1TB (or 5TB) of data and lock the account if it exceeds it (eg, stops uploads),  the writing has been on the wall for a while.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from gihayes in Micro-management Of Drivepool - Solved by using junctions.   
    Agree.  I use Link Shell Extension, as well.  It is super useful! 
     
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from DP_ in Want to Use Immediate and Daily Balancing Simultaneously   
    Is there a reason the "not more often than every X hours" option doesn't work for you? 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Doug in Not showing any disk activity in 'Disk Performance' section of the Main UI window   
    You may need to do this: 
    https://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_Q2150495
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Shane in What in the world have I messed up on my balancers?   
    If you want to use the SSD Optimizer and use the rest of the pool,  the "simplest" option may be to use hierarchical pools.  Eg, add the SSD/NVMe drives to a pool, add the hard drives to another pool,   and then add both of these pools to a pool.  Enable the SSD optimizer on the "pool of pools", and then enable the balancers you want on the sub-pools.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from gtaus in Reasonable time to evacuate a drive?   
    There isn't a set amount of time, because tasks like balancing, duplication, etc run as a background priority.   This means that normal usage will trump these tasks.   
    Additionally, it has the normal file move/copy issue, estimates can jump radically.   A bunch of small files take a lot more time than a few large files, because it's updating the file system much more frequently.  And for hard drives, this means that the read/write heads are jumping back and forth, frequently.  
    But 6-12 hours per TB is a decent estimate for removal. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Gabe in Balancing hardlinks   
    No.  Hardlinking doesn't work on the pool drive, at all, and never will.  The hard links are an object/feature of the volume, not the disk, and require that all instances of the file be on the same *physical* volume. 
    They work on StableBit CloudDrive, because it doesn't emulate the filesystem the way that StableBit DrivePool does.  It handles things on a block level (below the file system, basically), and never directly deals with the file system.  Because of this,  just about anything you can do on a normal disk, you can do on the StableBit CloudDrive disks.  
    But if they're pooled, then the pool's limitations still apply (at least to the pool drive).
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from dibu in NtStatus=0xC0000121 error then removing damaged drive from array   
    First, I'm sorry to hear about your drive, as that is never a pleasant experience. 
     
    You may be able to use "dpcmd ignore-poolpart" to eject the drive from the pool.  This marks the drive as removed, but doesn't move any of the files off of it, and causes the drive to show up as "missing" in the UI.   This does require writing to the drive, to write the tag that marks it as removed. 
    Once the drive is ejected, you can manually move the files over. 
    The poolID for the drive is the name of the hidden "PoolPart.xxxx" folder on the disk (with or without the PoolPart part).   
     
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from ZagD in Switching from folder to file (pool) duplication   
    Correct.  Duplication is inheritted unless explicity set.  Enabling pool file duplication enables it for the root, and everything else gets inherrited.   And when you change it, it checks to see which files need to be duplicated or unduplicated (the "checking duplication" part that you may have seen).  So, it shouldn't mess with the existing data. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) reacted to Shane in iDrive e2 error   
    Perhaps you could ask Stablebit for an extension of the trial, to test clouddrive with idrive again, via the contact form?
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from tphank in Google Drive + Read-only Enforced + Allocated drive   
    For reference, the beta versions have some changes to help address these: 

     
    .1648 * Fixed an issue where a read-only force attach would fail to mount successfully if the storage provider did not have write access and the drive was marked as mounted. .1647 * Fixed an issue where read-only mounts would fail to mount drives when write access to the storage provider was not available. .1646 * [Issue #28770] Added the ability to convert Google Drive cloud drives stored locally into a format compatible with the Local Disk provider. - Use the "CloudDrive.Convert GoogleDriveToLocalDisk" command.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Shane in Google Drive + Read-only Enforced + Allocated drive   
    For reference, the beta versions have some changes to help address these: 

     
    .1648 * Fixed an issue where a read-only force attach would fail to mount successfully if the storage provider did not have write access and the drive was marked as mounted. .1647 * Fixed an issue where read-only mounts would fail to mount drives when write access to the storage provider was not available. .1646 * [Issue #28770] Added the ability to convert Google Drive cloud drives stored locally into a format compatible with the Local Disk provider. - Use the "CloudDrive.Convert GoogleDriveToLocalDisk" command.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Harrr in Download disk from Cloud to local mounting   
    beta version: 
    * [Issue #28770] Added the ability to convert Google Drive cloud drives stored locally into a format compatible with the Local Disk provider. - Use the "CloudDrive.Convert GoogleDriveToLocalDisk" command.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from andrewds in Add drive to pool but don't use until rules are created   
    it sorts by votes by default, which is ... frustrating, IMO.  
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from VapechiK in Any way to rescan only bad blocks?   
    Yup.  If you mark the bad blocks as unchecked, it will attempt to scan those blocks at the next available time (typically immediately).  If the rest of the disk is marked as healthy, it will only scan these blocks (as it only scans sections of the disk that are not checked or haven't been checked in the normal scan window (30 days).
     
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Shane in Google drive+ drive pool+ Cloud drive read only mode possible?   
    It depends on how the API handles it, TBH.  As long as the data is accessible, that's the important part.  However, I do believe that the account has to be writable, as some data is written to the provider when the drive is mounted (at the very least, for the "attach"/lock file for the drive.    But as shane mentioned, there was a fix related to this in the beta version.
    However, we've added Google drive to the converter tool, so that you can download the contents, and convert to the local disk provider.  This is also in the beta version.
    Specifically, you'd need to run "CloudDrive.Convert GoogleDriveToLocalDisk" to kick this off.
     
     
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Bear in Running Out of Drive Letters   
    Specifically, StableBit DrivePool and Windows doesn't need letters for the disks, nor even folder mount paths.  These are there to make it easier for users to access the drives.
    But as somebody with 20+ drives, mounting the drives to folders makes things very easy.  And we do have a guide on how to do so: 
    https://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_Q4822624
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Shane in Migrating from Windows Drive Pool to StableBit Drive Pool   
    Well, StableBit DrivePool does support adding a Storage Spaces array to the pool.  So until you have more disks and are able to migrate the data away, you could add both to a pool.
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from VapechiK in Scanner reporting lifetime writes as 100% used after only 276GB copied onto a 1TB SSD.   
    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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