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    Christopher (Drashna) reacted to aldinach in Duplication Warning: Sequence contains no elements   
    Thanks for answering @shane.  Turns out I had a disk that was failing and needed to pull it from the pool and replace it.  Support helped me through the process and the software worked exactly as it should have.  Victory!
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from mr_yellow in How to properly handle a deletion of a drive's partition?   
    It will see the drives as non-pooled drives.  So you should be fine, in that regards. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from muaddib in DrivePool stuck at 'Starting service)   
    You may need to reset the settings:
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Bear in My Rackmount Server   
    To get this started apparently:
    My server was kind of piecemeal constructed.
    I recently purchased a 42U HP Rack from a local company (via Craigslist), for super cheap ($50, so literally couldn't pass it up)
    Sophos UTM (Home): 
    Case: Antec ISK 110 VESA case,
    Mobo (SoC): ASRock RACK J1900D2Y
    RAM: 4GB of non-ECC RAM
    OS Drive: Samsung 850 Pro 120GB SSD 
    Storage Server:
    Case: SuperMicro 847E26-R1K28LPB
    OS: Windows Server 2012R2 Essentials
    CPU: AMD FX-8120  Intel Xeon E3 1245v3 (link)
    MoBo: ASRock 990FX Extreme3  Supermicro MBD-X10SAT-O (link)
    RAM: 2x8GB Crucial ECC
    GFX: nVidia geForce 9400  Intel HD 4600 (on processor GFX)
    PSU: Built in, 2x redundant power supplies (1280W 80+ Gold) 
    OS Drive: Crucial MX200 256GB SSD
    Storage Pool: 146TB:  4x 4TB (Seagate NAS ST4000VN000) + 8x 4TB (WD40EFRX) + 12x 8TB Seagate Archive (ST8000AS0002), 2x 8TB Seagate  Barracudas (ST8000DM004), 2x 128GB OCZ Vertex 4s
    Misc Storage: 500GB, used for temp files (downloads)
    HDD Controller card: IBM ServeRAID M1015, cross flashed to "IR Mode" (RAID options, used to pass through disks only), plus an Intel SAS Expander card 
    USB: 2TB Seagate Backup Plus for Server Backup (system drive, and system files) using a WD Green EARS 
    NVR (Network Video Record, aka IP camera box) via BlueIris:
    Case: Norco ITX-S4 
    OS: Windows 10
    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130T
    MoBo: ASRock Rack E3C226D2I 
    RAM: 2x8GB G.Skill 
    GFX: ASPEED 2300
    PSU: 450W 1U 
    OS Drive: 128GB SSD, Crucial M550
    Storage Pool: 2x4TB Toshiba HDD
    HyperV VM Lab:
    Case: Supermicro SYS-6016T-NTF (1U case) 
    OS: HyperV Server 2012R2
    CPU: Intel Xeon 5560  (x2, hyperthreading disabled)
    MoBo: Supermicro X8DTU 
    RAM: 64GBs (8x8GB) Hynix Registered ECC (DDR3-1333)
    GFX: ASPEED 2300
    PSU: 560W 1U 
    OS Drive: 160GB HDD 
    Storage: 500GB Crucial MX200 SSD, using Data Deduplication for VMs
    Emby Server: 
    Case: Unknown (1U case) 
    OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
    CPU: Dual Intel Xeon x5660's (hardware fairy swung by)
    MoBo: Supermicro X8DTi 
    RAM: 20GB (5x4GB) Samsung Registered ECC
    GFX: Matrox (Onboard)
    PSU: 560W 1U 
    OS Drive: 64GB SSD,
    Storage: 128GB  (cache, metadata, transcoding temp) 
    Netgear GS724T Smart Switch
    24 port, Gigabit, Managed Switch (one port is burned out already, but it was used). 
    Dell 17" keyboard and monitor tray (used, damaged, propped up). 
    Images here: http://imgur.com/a/WRhZf

    Here is my network hardware.  Not a great image, but that's the 24 port, managed switch, a punchout block, waaay too long cables, cable modem and Sophos UTM box.

    Misc drawers and unused spares. 

    And my servers. HyperV system in the 1U, and my storage server in the 4U. And the Cyberpower UPS at the bottom. 
    What you don't see is the NVR box, as it's been having issues, and I've been troubleshooting those issues. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Mick Mickle in Norton Warning on StableBit Download Webpage   
    Regardless of the quality of the software, this isn't helpful nor constructive, and provides nothing to the conversation. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from omni72 in Any benefit from using multiple SSD for caching?   
    If you're using duplication, then definitely, as each copy of duplicated files are written in parallel.  Having multiple SSDs (and using the SSD Optimizer balancer) will get better write speeds, as it is much less likely to have to use a spinning drive for writing. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from iomgui in Where to find a changelog of the different versions of drivepool ?   
    Once you click the checkbox, there is a "what's new?" link that will take you to here:
    Or you can see the beta changelog here:
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Small potatoes especially for an outfit with a single dev but, feature request!   
    There are some hidden by default, already, but that's because they're experimental. 
    But I don't see a reason why this couldn't be added. 
    StableBit Scanner uses Telerik controls, which we stopped supporting/using, since they come with a bunch of their own issues.  
    StableBit DrivePool and StableBit CloudDrive use entirely custom implementations, and all native WPF controls, because of some of the issues we've had with telerik controls. 
    So, pretty much the opposite.  Eg, StableBit Scanner is the older product (the first, actually). 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from dsteinschneider in Moving disks from inside computer case to Probox   
    To clarify, StableBit DrivePool doesn't use the drive letters or mount points.  It uses the volume ID for the disks.  So you can change how the drive is mounted without any issues. 
    Personally, I prefer mounting the drives to folder paths, as that hides them, but still allows them to be accessible. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in SSD optimizer plugin, risk of data loss/corruption?   
    For balancing and duplication operations, the files are copied to a temp folder, and then renamed when the operation completes.  this ensures that even if an interruption occurs, that the files are intact, whole and not corrupted.   
    And yeah, that's probably a good way to set things up. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in shouldnt i be seeing performance info here?   
    correct, internal operations (balancing, duplication, measuring) are not reported there. Only activity it reports is what happens through the pool drive. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Fill above vs Or this much free space? conflicting? priority?   
    The 100gb has been there for a long while, TBH.  And that's been the default for it since the start.  And by a long while, I mean since the DrivePool v1 days> (so ~2011).   Eg, back when drives rating in TBs were at the high end, for the most part. 
    You and disable the option or set it to something more reasonable for your setup.   But it sounds like unchecking it may be what you want here. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Now that cloud handles licensing, can I change pcs with an image trouble free?   
    It should be simpler, yes. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Does scanner read files in any way?   
    The surface scan is a sector by sector scan. 
    The file system scan is an api call for CHKDSK. 
    So unless you're using the file recovery option, it should not be reading files. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Best way to find "other" data in a pool?   
    Mostly, this. 
    You can use utilities like WinDirStat to view the drives.   But it's very possible/likely that you won't find anything specifically.   Most likely, the difference is due to the size vs size on disk differences (slack space), as well as the System Volume Information folder on each disk. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in How does drivepool choose where to move data to if you remove a drive?   
    It follows the normal balancing, rules.  
    But you can use the Drive Usage Limiter if you wnt to clear out a specific disk or two. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Duplication Warnings / Duplication Disabled   
    If you are using symlinks, information about these are stored in the metadata folder, and that is set to x3 duplication by default. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Resetting scanner info?   
    You are very weclome!
    Correct.  At least for that system.  Reconnecting it should automatically re-activate, though. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Temps display out of pool, but not in pool. intended?   
    Thanks for letting us know. 
    I can confirm this behavior, as well, and have flagged it.
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in Few questions about scanner   
    You will need to manually update the location information. 
    In StableBit DrivePool, disable the bitlocker detection.  That helps from that end. 
    For StableBit Scanner, throttle the SMART queries, as that usually helps. 
    As for the work window, that's defined in the "general" tab.  So if you don't have a window set, then this setting doesn't do you much good. 
    Meets or exceeds it.   Also, there is a threshold setting to.  It will warn you as it approaches that maximum.  (default is for a 15C window)
    It's one disk per controller.  So if you have multiple controllers, such as onboard, and a controller card, it can scan multiple disks. 
    It checks the disks, and see if there are any disks with sections that haven't been scanned in "x" days, with x being the settings for how frequently to scan. 
    There are some other factors, such as disk activity, etc. 
    It means that the scanning is done in such a way that any normal activity takes priority over the scans, and may stop the scanning from occurring.   This way, it minimizes the performance impact for the drives, ideally. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from Jonibhoni in Primocache is limited to 16 disks, what are my options?   
    Oh wow. 
    It may be worth contacting PrimoCache's company to see if they have a recommendation here. 
    That may work, but it would definitely be better to target the underlying disks, as the actual reads occur there.  You'll get better results that way, without a doubt. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from klepp0906 in feature requests! save window location, dark mode, tray!   
    Ah, okay, I see what you mean about the UI saving, now.  I'll flag that as a bug, since I can definitely reproduce. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from zeoce in Is dark mode planned for DrivePool & CloudDrive?   
    Not currently, but I definitely do keep on bringing it up. 
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from igobythisname in How can I use StableBit DrivePool with StableBit CloudDrive?   
    Because we've already have had a couple of questions about this, in their current forms, StableBit DrivePool works VERY well with StableBit Cloud Drive already.
    The StableBit CloudDrive drive disks appear as normal, physical disks. This means that you can add them to a Pool without any issues or workarounds.
    Why is this important and how does it affect your pool?
    You can use the File Placement Rules to control what files end up on which drive. This means that you can place specific files on a specific CloudDrive.  You can use the "Disk Usage Limiter" to only allow duplicated data to be placed on specific drives, which means you can place only duplicated files on a specific CloudDrive disk.  
    These are some very useful tricks to integrate the products, already. 
    And if anyone else finds some neat tips or tricks, we'll add them here as well.
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    Christopher (Drashna) got a reaction from TPham in Organizing Drive Pool properly. Help is needed, please   
    I think you're looking for this:
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