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  1. Hi, I've been a pretty longtime happy StableBit DrivePool + Scanner user especially because of its easy & set n' forget little administration nature (+ flexibility). Now is my first time when I get damaged sectors (5 in my case) on one of my 3x 3TB drives on my NAS. Not necessarily the most dangerous event and might not necessarily mean that much but I just want to take all possible precaution and replace the HDDs right away if any damaged sectors shows up as it could potentially be an early sign of mechanical wear n tear. Now onto the questions: 1. What is the recommended way to proceed in replacing the HDD, I have a NAS with 4 HDD bays of which currently 3 are occupied. I don't do any duplication as I do offline backup to a 8TB USB Drive currently every once in a while using a 3rd party "sync" software. I have the balancing set to fill upp an entire disk to 90% before starting to fill up the 2nd etc instead of spreading out the files if that matters. There's currently 4.04 / 8.18 TB free on the drivepool. 2. Would it be possible to use StableBit DrivePool duplication as means of USB HDD backup that only gets fired up when it's time to do backup? What if I in the future plan to extend my storage and I need more than 8TB backed up to USB HDDs, is it possible to make a 2x USB HDD drivepool that only gets turned on when it's time to do backup? (The idea here would be to not have to worry how to split files between the two USB HDDs in a manual fashion and as a backup method I simply prefer to do offline USB HDD backup every once in a while)
  2. Does the duplication have to be done on the host computer or does it offer the possibility to duplicate (manually at preconfigured settings at a click of a button or to be scheduled) to another computer (for me personally mostly on the same home network is of interest)? Reason I'm asking is that my new fileserver I prefer to maximize the storage (4 slots) on the NAS and partially that I think it's good to have a copy also on another device in case of whatever critical failure the NAS has or potentially a virus etc. So I'd want to have the backup on my workstation computer that I can run either scheduled or manually every now and then when I'm not busy doing other stuff, I don't necessarily fancy the idea to always instantly updating the mirror copy, for me say even having a 1 month or so old copy would be fine probably. I know some other backup/sync software allows encrypted transfer mirroring over network (I've got experience of such software) but I'm interesting in the "pooling" part of Drive Pool as well as the simplicity. If it doesn't support it, I guess you could take this as a suggestion as I really like the software what I'm reading about it on the paper so maybe I could switch over sometimes in the future.
  3. OK thanks for the reply even though it wasn't quite what I had hoped for, seems like a too risky road for me to head. I just don't want to strain myself to a certain solution right now and it should be easy to change say in 1 year if I feel like so and I think with Stablebit it sounds a bit too uncertain with how the files are stored, basically I guess the pooling isn't my priority but get the ability to pair together drives for one big partition without the raid0/jbod unsafeness but have some control as to where/how files are stored on the array and gladly have some kind of backup built in (such as the data mirroring/duplication offered here, I've used 3rd party software for that in the past but having it built into one software would be a bonus)
  4. Hi, I'm evaluating StableBit Drivepool in a possible Windows NAS build. There's two things I'm wondering about: Is it possible to make sure StableBit Drive pool puts all files in a folder on the same disk/place. Let's take a pictures library for example with bunch of subfolders etc. I then in the future for some reason need to take off some drive and insert into another Windows PC, I don't want those files to be scattered all around other disks etc. So is it possible that Drive Pool can be told to store files by default in the same place and it would alert me if there's no space left to do the operation for the drive that has the "pictures" folder on it in this case. How does mirroring works like with an USB drive that I'd only plug in manually occassionally to do mirror backups, does the program go nuts if the mirror disk isn't found or how does it work?
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