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    dsteinschneider got a reaction from gtaus in Windows 10 questions   
    Two years ago I tried running DrivePool on Windows 10. Everything seemed ok during the install but I had problems where Windows 7 mediacenter computers had problems opening the movie files.
    I wasn't sure if the problem was caused by the pair of MediaSonic ProBoxes connected with the Asmedia 106x SATA controller or ethernet driver issues. I just put the Windows 7 OS SSD I put aside back in and continued until now with Win7.
    I've now upgraded all the mediacenter computers to Windows 10 with Chameleon Media Center. Does anyone have a Drive Pool machine with a pair of ProBoxes/Asmedia 106 running fine in Windows 10?
    Thanks,
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    dsteinschneider got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Looking for recommendation on eSATA card and drive enclosure   
    The Probox just arrived. I had it out of the box and up and running with 4 drives in 10 minutes. It's amazing how simple it is to setup the second unit. I took out the Rosewill RC-219 eSATA card and installed the second Mediasonic eSATA card. The RC-219 can only multiplex one of the two ports so isn't the right card for a DrivePool box. Before I had the Mediasonic eSATA card I thought I would be limited to two external SATA enclosures (the Vostro 430 I'm using for DrivePool only has two PCIe slots). Now I can easily add another ProBox each time I need to add storage. As 8TB drives work (have one so far) I will be able to add 64 TB more without swapping out existing drives. (EDIT - that will be the max as I will run out of drive letters after 16 more drives!)
     
    This opens up the possibility of 4K movies. I figure using 64TB with duplication will be able to store well over 1000 4k movies using H265 mkv's at a bitrate that looks good on a 4k projector to a 110 inch screen viewed from 12 ft. Currently 1080 looks better than the local cineplex so I wouldn't go to 4k until prices are way down for the projectors and the media itself.
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    dsteinschneider got a reaction from Antoineki in Looking for recommendation on eSATA card and drive enclosure   
    I'm looking for recommendations for a PCIe eSATA card and 4 or 8 bay enclosure.
     
    Maybe someone might know why I'm having the issues described below:
     
    Back story:
    I have a Rosewill RC-219 connected to a MediaSonic Probox 4 drive enclosure. For 3 years I ran this card and enclosure in an Optiplex GX-620 running WHS 2011 and DrivePool. After about a year and a half of solid performance the Probox started to occasionally disappear. If I cycled its power it would come back without doing anything else. I replaced the Optiplex GX-620 with a Dell Vostro 430 running Windows 7 Pro 64. I also replaced the RC-219 with a new identical card.
     
    The Probox would disappear on the new setup a few times a week but I found if I rebooted every night the problem stopped with our normal use. Recently I started converting all our WTV mpeg2 recorded TV to h.264 MKV on a second machine that reads the movies from this box but saves them on its own drive. Under this use the Probox has been disappearing several times a day. 
     
    I get an Event ID 9. I saw someone online who running WHS-2011 with the same PCIe SATA card who flashed a certain BIOS and driver and the above behavior stopped - I can't replicate their experience because the drivers they used are 32bit. 
     
    BTW The 4 drives are 4 year old WD30 EZRX-00MMMB0 (Green 3TB). I ran wdidle3 to stop the heads from parking but a couple of the drives already had 250K plus load cycles before I figured that out.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    dsteinschneider got a reaction from Christopher (Drashna) in Looking for recommendation on eSATA card and drive enclosure   
    Hi Gavin,
     
    I bought the Mediasonic 2 Port External SATA card back in April after you confirmed Drashna's original recommendation but never put it in until about 3 weeks ago (July). My 3 year old ProBox has been running flawlessly since - I'm just about to order a second one along with another Mediasonic card. I need a few of the drive docks I've been using for a backup project so I'm swapping those out. I find the drives run cooler in the ProBox (have the fan set to stay on the middle speed) than in drive docks. 
     
    Doug
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    dsteinschneider got a reaction from KiaraEvirm in Looking for recommendation on eSATA card and drive enclosure   
    I'm looking for recommendations for a PCIe eSATA card and 4 or 8 bay enclosure.
     
    Maybe someone might know why I'm having the issues described below:
     
    Back story:
    I have a Rosewill RC-219 connected to a MediaSonic Probox 4 drive enclosure. For 3 years I ran this card and enclosure in an Optiplex GX-620 running WHS 2011 and DrivePool. After about a year and a half of solid performance the Probox started to occasionally disappear. If I cycled its power it would come back without doing anything else. I replaced the Optiplex GX-620 with a Dell Vostro 430 running Windows 7 Pro 64. I also replaced the RC-219 with a new identical card.
     
    The Probox would disappear on the new setup a few times a week but I found if I rebooted every night the problem stopped with our normal use. Recently I started converting all our WTV mpeg2 recorded TV to h.264 MKV on a second machine that reads the movies from this box but saves them on its own drive. Under this use the Probox has been disappearing several times a day. 
     
    I get an Event ID 9. I saw someone online who running WHS-2011 with the same PCIe SATA card who flashed a certain BIOS and driver and the above behavior stopped - I can't replicate their experience because the drivers they used are 32bit. 
     
    BTW The 4 drives are 4 year old WD30 EZRX-00MMMB0 (Green 3TB). I ran wdidle3 to stop the heads from parking but a couple of the drives already had 250K plus load cycles before I figured that out.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    dsteinschneider got a reaction from Ginoliggime in Looking for recommendation on eSATA card and drive enclosure   
    I'm looking for recommendations for a PCIe eSATA card and 4 or 8 bay enclosure.
     
    Maybe someone might know why I'm having the issues described below:
     
    Back story:
    I have a Rosewill RC-219 connected to a MediaSonic Probox 4 drive enclosure. For 3 years I ran this card and enclosure in an Optiplex GX-620 running WHS 2011 and DrivePool. After about a year and a half of solid performance the Probox started to occasionally disappear. If I cycled its power it would come back without doing anything else. I replaced the Optiplex GX-620 with a Dell Vostro 430 running Windows 7 Pro 64. I also replaced the RC-219 with a new identical card.
     
    The Probox would disappear on the new setup a few times a week but I found if I rebooted every night the problem stopped with our normal use. Recently I started converting all our WTV mpeg2 recorded TV to h.264 MKV on a second machine that reads the movies from this box but saves them on its own drive. Under this use the Probox has been disappearing several times a day. 
     
    I get an Event ID 9. I saw someone online who running WHS-2011 with the same PCIe SATA card who flashed a certain BIOS and driver and the above behavior stopped - I can't replicate their experience because the drivers they used are 32bit. 
     
    BTW The 4 drives are 4 year old WD30 EZRX-00MMMB0 (Green 3TB). I ran wdidle3 to stop the heads from parking but a couple of the drives already had 250K plus load cycles before I figured that out.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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