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  1. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Quick file duplication questions. was marked as the answer   
    No, not really. 
    But ... hierarchical pools could let you effectively do that.  Add two pools to another pool and enable duplication on the top level pool. That way, one set of the files resides on each pool.   That ... may get what you want.  It's used primarily for reparse point, right now. 
    And I think that this information is stored in memory once the system starts, but I'd have to double check with Alex (the Dev) 
  2. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Very quick easy question was marked as the answer   
    Yes: http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_Q4142489
    At least I believe that's what you're asking.
  3. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Times to circumvent DrivePool? was marked as the answer   
    Mostly just backups, encryption, and deduplication.  Basically, if it's a disk tool, then yeah, probably. 
    Just keep in mind that if you're writing to the pooled disks, in a pooled location, that it will cause the statistics to become inaccurate, and affect balancing and duplication. 
  4. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Duplication Warnings was marked as the answer   
    It means the pool drive.  And yeah... how Windows handles disk/partition/volume stuff is confusing... at best. 
    For this ... take ownership of the folder, change it's permissions, and delete it (on the pool). 
    Then resolve the issue.  It should fix the issue, and shouldn't come back. 
  5. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Reinstall Windows - license de-activation needed? was marked as the answer   
    It's best to deactivate first.  
    While, usually, you shouldn't need to deactivate in this circumstance, the reinstallation process can change some of the information that we use to identify the system.  So it's better to deactivate first, since that takes like 30 seconds.  Otherwise, if it doesn't activate on the new install, you'd need to activate the trial and then contact us. 
  6. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in How to add files to the pool was marked as the answer   
    You posted a ticket asking the same thing, and I've already answered there. But basically: 
    You want to do this: http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_Q4142489
    And all of the data is stored in hidden "PoolPart" folders. 
  7. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Lost ability to open i/o performance settings was marked as the answer   
    Anyone still having this issue, grab the latest build, as that should definitely fix this issue: 
  8. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Scheduled balancing >24 hours apart? was marked as the answer   
    You could use the "balance immediately" and the "not more often than every" options.  Set it to about what you want. 
    Then .... if needed, script the service to be restarted at the time you want balancing to occur.  
    That .... should work, I think. But don't quote me on that. 
    But here: https://stablebit.com/Admin/IssueAnalysis/27852
    I've added a feature request for this
    Yes, it would balance the recycle bin on the pool. 
    However, depending on your pool..... balancing shouldn't happen too often.  All of the default balancers are more of "edge cases.  Sothey shouldn't cause balancing to happen, most of the time. 
  9. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Duplication Deleting from CloudDrive was marked as the answer   
    That would do it.
    And glad to hear that it was a simple issue. 
    Enable "Pool File Duplication",  Then make sure that in "Folder Duplication" that no folder has a "+" next to it.
    https://stablebit.com/Support/DrivePool/2.X/Manual?Section=File Protection
    To clarify here, you'd want "duplicated" enabled on both pools, or you'll have issues. 
    Duplicated refers to "any file that has a copy on another disk".  So any duplicated data on this pool will be on both disks, so both disks will have duplicated data.  Eg, we don't differentiate the copies. Both are "master" copies, and either can and will be used.
    Unchecking the option means that it will "degrade" the pool condition and want to balance the data more aggressively.
  10. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Running out of RAM was marked as the answer   
    There is a known memory leak. 
    Install this version: http://dl.covecube.com/DrivePoolWindows/rc/download/StableBit.DrivePool_2.2.2.928_x64_RC.exe
  11. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in New to DrivePool was marked as the answer   
    No worry about being a noob! We all were once.
    As long as the files are identical and are in identical paths... just add both disks to the pool, set the duplication to what you want, and "seed" it.  It should detect the duplicates, and "handle them". 
  12. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in BSOD on DP after updating to Win 10 Apr 18 AND... was marked as the answer   
    For the people experiencing this issue:
    Install the latest build:
    You can find the newer builds here: http://dl.covecube.com/DrivePoolWindows/rc/download/?C=N;O=D Please open a ticket at https://stablebit.com/Contact  
    We don't check the forums as often as we do the contact system.  So help here may be delayed.  Also, .... the other issue is that troubleshooting here leasds to a lot of "me too" type posts that actually MAY NOT BE RELATED.  (it's happened in the past, a number of times).  But we try to mention that yes others are having the same issue when it happens. 
    That said, if you haven't already, enable verifier, grab the new crash dump and UPLOAD IT. 
    If you don't do this, then we CANNOT help.  Not "won't" but "cannot".   We have not been able to reproduce the issue ourselves, even using some of the examples here.  And yes, on the correct version.   So ... without the verifier enable crash dumps, we cannot see what is going on, and CANNOT fix the issue.
    Additionally, from the dumps that have already been submitted, we're not seeing anything DrivePool related.  The crashes appear to be SRV2 related. Meaning it's a network share issue, in this case.   And this is why we need the verifier enabled, so we can see more specifically why this is happening. And where it is happening at. 
  13. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in What happens when the cache drive fails? was marked as the answer   
    Well, you'd be able to access the data still, but it will be all over the place.   
    So, yes, you'd want/need both products installed.
    As for assigning the drive letters, maybe.  If you'd removed them, then it "shouldn't" reassign drive letters on the new system, but Windows can be weird about it.  
    Yes.  That's specifically how it automatically repools the data.
    Yup, exactly. 
  14. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Can't clear NVMe Warning was marked as the answer   
    Okay, a couple of things...
    Clearing the health warnings should come in the near future (these are very new features, and NVMe is VERY different than SMART, even if we do make it look similar).  So... they should be added in the next week or two.
    For the drive itself, Alex (The Developer) agrees that RMAing the drive would be a good idea here.  Both him an myself would do so, in your situation, honestly. 
    Specifically, this is 12 errors that it couldn't correct that have occurred on the drive.  More could cause the drive to fail to boot, or the like.  So, I wouldn't trust the drive.  But that's your call. 
  15. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Warning: 0 : [TemporaryWritesImplementation:37] Error performing read-modify-write, marking as failed was marked as the answer   
    If this is an upload (looks like it), these are automatically retried, so it isn't a critical issue.
  16. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Warning: 0 : [PinDiskMetadata] Error pinning file system metadata. The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error was marked as the answer   
    It's probably a timing issue, where pinning is attempting to "do it's thing", but the volume isn't quite mounted yet. 
  17. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Replacing Bad drive with bigger drive was marked as the answer   
    Yup, that's it. 
    You can use the "disk usage limiter", but with the revamped removal code, this shouldn't be necessary. 
  18. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Trigger a scheduled task or script after balance? was marked as the answer   
    IIRC, you need to "double escape" the strings here. 
    So you need:
        "Override": "C:\\Snapraid\\Balancing.txt"   
  19. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Maximum CloudDrive size for Google Drive was marked as the answer   
    You're very welcome for it! 
    And yeah, the larger chunk size means potentially lower overhead, so it's not a bad idea, if this is for multimedia storage. 
  20. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in DrivePool Folder Dupe to SnapRaid was marked as the answer   
    Yes, if you disable Pool file Duplication, it will unduplicate the entire pool, assuming you don't have custom duplication settings.
    and when you set it, it will run a duplication pass and delete the extra copy.  
    and you should be able to remove the J:\ drive at any time, though. 
    Also, assuming that SnapRAID uses a single, large file, you may want to reformat the J:\ drive to use larger allocation units. 
  21. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in "Error Removing Drive - There is not enough space on the disk" was marked as the answer   
    Could you install the RC and retry? 
    There are a bunch of changes, including to the drive removal code, that should make it more robust and less prone to issues.
    If that version still has issues, then let me know.
  22. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in A question on DrivePool duplication was marked as the answer   
    That depends on how the encryption works for the container.  Best case, it would corrupt a chunk of the data. Worst case, it would corrupt the entire thing, rendering it unusable. 
    But this is why we do generally recommend enabling duplication.  It's when, not if a drives fails or exhibits issues.  Many refer to hard drives as "spinning rust" for this reason, actually. 
    Ah, yeah, I can understand that being a but confusing.  Specifically, it deletes the the older part, and then reduplicates the data.  But that should be made clearer. 
  23. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Balancing on initial Writes was marked as the answer   
    Nothing.  It's the default behavior unless another balancer overrides that behavior. 
    Also, for the most part, there is no need to disable the balancers.  For the most part, they're designed to NOT move data around much, unless there is a very specific reason that could impact your pool. 
    To be blunt, the recommendation or idea that they should be disabled for SnapRAID is a misunderstanding of what they do. 
    http://stablebit.com/Support/DrivePool/2.X/Manual?Section=Balancing Plug-ins
    StableBit Scanner: This should only move data off of the drive, it serious issues are detected.  At most, this is the only one you'd want to disable. And even that's arguable. Volume Equalization: This only does things if you have multiple partitions/volumes on the same physical disk. This is pretty rare, so most likely, it won't actually do anything.  Drive Usage LImiter (previously File Placement Limiter):  This allows you to limit if duplicated or unduplicated data can be placed on a drive.  If left at the defaults, this doesn't actually do anything.  It would only move data around if you uncheck options for drives, and even then....  Prevent Drive Overfill: aka the balancer most likely to move files.  This triggers if any drive is more than 90% full. In that case, it will attempt to move enough data so that it's 80% full.  If the drives get too full, you may end up with "not enough free space" errors on the pool.  Duplication Space Optimizer: This balancer's sole purpose is to rebalance data to eliminate the dreaded "Unusable for Duplication" space in a pool.  
    As you may see, most of these can (and probably should) be left on. 
    That said, if you install the SSD Optimizer or Ordered File Placement balancer, these balancers will change this behavior.  
  24. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Access is Denied was marked as the answer   
    You need to take ownership of the folder, reset the permissions on it, and then delete it.
    Most likely, this is due to the aggravating "System Volume information" folder. 
    To do this: 
    This is meant for the whole drive, but the method is actually the same. 
    Once you've done this, you should be able to delete the folder. 
  25. Christopher (Drashna)'s post in Clouddrives in Scanner was marked as the answer   
    If you double click on the drive, and open the "File system health" section, you can reset the status. Click on the button with the green circle to do this.
    But this will cause it to rescan the drive, sooner or later (depending on the option you chose).
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