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  1. Hi, I recently had a drive failure; I replaced the drive and reduplicated everything, and everything looks good. However, because of this I am now scrutinizing things more closely and so I don't know if what I'm observing is new or old behavior. I noticed that the Windows Explorer Properties window (right click->Properties) gives different numbers for Used Space, depending on what is selected. Properties on the pool P: drive shows 11.0 TB used Properties on P:\ServerFolders shows 2.84 TB used; 336,657 Files, 173 Folders Properties on the contents of P:\ServerFolders
  2. Hi, My Windows 10 boot drive is getting old and slow, and I'd like to swap it out for an SSD. This drive only has Windows and a couple apps on it - it is not part of the pool. Is there anything special that DrivePool requires when migrating to a new OS drive, or can I just use a clone tool to copy the contents to the new drive and it will keep on working? Actually, I've never done this before in Windows. I think hard drives usually come with some software for copying data to the new drive, will that work for an OS drive? Thanks!
  3. Wow, that is really clever, and a great way to work around your 2TB backup limitation. Not all my data is duplicated, and not everything is in the pool. I'll have to give your approach some thought to see if it will (easily) work for me. Do you know if there's any performance hit with adding an additional level of drive abstraction, like that? Thanks for sharing!
  4. Drashna, I also tried using the older Windows 7-style backup, but it kept failing within a few minutes with the error "A shadow copy could not be created". The VSS event log shows "The bootfile is too small to support persistent snapshots", and the Windows Backup event log shows "Backup did not complete successfully because a shadow copy could not be created. Free up disk space on the drive that you are backing up by deleting unnecessary files and then try again." I had previously disabled shadow copies for the pooled drives when I set up the server (I don't really understand them o
  5. Hi everyone, My home server runs Windows 10 Pro, with DrivePool used to manage five drives. I historically used CrashPlan to back up all the pooled data from virtual drive P: to the cloud, and also to a local NAS. Since CrashPlan has exited the consumer market, I'm redoing my backup approach. I'm now using BackBlaze to back up the pool to the cloud, and had planned to use Windows 10's File History to backup to the local NAS. However, File History won't allow me to select anything from the pooled drive. How do you recommend I perform local, automated backups of the pool? Edit
  6. Hi, I was curious what people thought about adding the system drive to DrivePool. My drive C: has 750 GB free; it seems a waste of empty space. As long as whatever is put there is duplicated, are there any reasons not to add the system drive to the pool? Maybe some performance issues? Could it slow down the pool or slow down Windows? Thanks!
  7. Thank you. I'm on OS X Yosemite and had the same problem. Just noticed this post, changed the XML, and now it works again!
  8. Did you ever find out what "dashboard fix" was? I just did the same exact thing -- accidentally (and with one stray click) uninstalled it. There's nothing in the event logs about it, either. Thanks!
  9. Awesome, thank you both. Not too happy about buying two copies of the same software for the same computer, but it beats losing data.
  10. Thanks Mick! That was a big help. I think I understand. Scanner on the host will monitor SMART but won't do surface scans. Scanner on the guest will do surface scans (which I think means it will read through every file periodically over time to make sure nothing is corrupt). If a corrupt file is found, it will create a new duplicate copy on a different drive from the other remaining duplicate. Sounds like the only thing that won't work well is halting StableBit operations if the drive gets too hot. And that's not that big of a deal.
  11. Shoot, that's a bummer. Two of my drives seem to run a little hot, even though there's a fan blowing across them. The reason Scanner looked good is so it could monitor the temperatures while files were being moved around. If Scanner can't access temperature or SMART data from any of the pooled drives when it is virtualized, is there any benefit to having it in that environment? (And running it on the Host OS seems like it would nullify a lot of the features. The drive is "offline" to the host OS, seems like Scanner couldn't do much.)
  12. Sorry if the title may be misleading. Unfortunately, the Hyper-V disk passthrough driver does not pass along SMART data from the "host" drive to the VM. That means that there is no way to get Scanner to display this data in the Virtual Machines. However, you can run two copies: One on the Host, and one in the Virtual Machine. (yes, not ideal, but you do get a discount on the price) On the Host version, disable the disk scans. To do this, right click on one of the disks that are going to be (or already are) passed through. Then click on the "Disk Settings" option. On this window, ch
  13. Sorry, I read the link you posted about drive balancing, but I'm not sure what that has to do with my duplication issue. However, it's funny that you posted that, because I was about to post a separate question about drive balancing. So when I set things up last night and noticed that my disks weren't as full after installing DrivePool, I immediately disabled automatic balancing so I could investigate things. Then, once I realized that the duplicated files seemed to be gone, I enabled folder duplication and DrivePool started making copies. Fast forward to now: All four of my drives have
  14. Jeff

    Picasa problem

    I haven't tried this and don't use Picasa, but it sounds like they are saying that instead of trying to get Picasa to scan your pool drive (which doesn't work), you can tell it to scan your server's share. In Picasa's dialog box where it asks you to point it to a folder to scan, instead of choosing drive P: or whatever your DrivePool virtual drive letter is, choose the share, i.e., the one that looks like \\your_server_name\Pictures. So in Picasa's dialog box, it sounds like you're choosing the DrivePool disk that is on the left hand side under "Computer". Instead, try choosing the Pictu
  15. Thanks Drashna. I think it was the duplication, actually. I didn't post this originally, because I didn't have any details, but shortly after moving the "shares" folders into the pool folder I launched the Dashboard. There was some kind of quickly-updating status at the bottom of the window, like many files were being processed by something, and then the status went away. The whole UI was new to me so I didn't really pay close attention to it. I'm thinking that what happened is that I copied everything into the pool, but as far as DrivePool was concerned no folder duplication had be
  16. Hi there, I'm a new user, I just upgraded my WHS version 1 installation to WHS 2011 + DrivePool, by following the instructions posted here: http://forum.covecube.com/discussion/574/how-to-migrating-from-whs-v1s-drive-extender. I'm at the stage where all my old data is now sitting in P:\shares (where P: is the new pool), but I noticed in the WHS Dashboard that there is a lot more free space than there should be. I'm wondering if somehow all the duplicated files were removed. The difference in free space is close to what I calculate as being the size of duplicated data in WHS v1. I ha
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