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  1. Yep, top level are no problem. DP passes volume commands to the underlying drives, so operations are as "compliant" as possible. And.. that's rather humorous.
  2. Jaga

    Pool suddenly unstable

    Yep, good call.
  3. Since the "Reconnect.." menu item is present and available, one has to wonder if your cloud drive is actually connected. Try choosing Reconnect and see if the menu adds choosable options. Cleanup, Detatch, Reauthorize, and Resize are all greyed out, leaving me to think there's some communication issue with the host of the files. How did you configure this Cloud Drive? More info might be helpful in determining what's going on. This is what I see for a simple File Share Cloud Drive when I open it's menu. Changing my drive to Read Only just greys out Resize - all the others remain available.
  4. I think the generally accepted solution is: Drivepool is a lifetime license, easily capable of being installed on any Windows platform and reading a pool that consists of drives from any other pooled machine (i.e. just connect the drives to the other machine and install DP). Because of that ease-of-use just make the pool and use a drive letter for it, and don't even think about what files are on what physical disks. Forget about them entirely - they are now merged into a new virtual disk. The only reason I could see this as inconvenient was if you were thinking of individual drive portability. Shutting the machine down, taking one drive somewhere else and accessing complete folders there instead of where the pool was created. BUT if you're seriously contemplating doing that, just use pool duplication and you'll have completely separate copies of your files on multiple drives. Methinks you're overworking the problem a bit. Unless.. there is another reason you need the physical drives so ordered and structured that we don't know about. There's a reason it's called pooling, and if that's not useful then perhaps the software isn't what you need. You can *still* force specific folders onto specific drives, but to do it for thousands of folders you'll have to have a better hierarchical folder scheme. Not just one top folder and thousands of sub-folders directly under it. Sort them further by type, or by date, or by size, or by usage - anything to put them into deeper sub-groups so File Placement is more helpful.
  5. Jaga

    I/O Error

    Awesome, keep at it - make them give you what you pay for. Comcast (Xfinity) can be *very* hit and miss, depending on your geographical location. They are my ISP too, and as mentioned I had to involve the FCC with concrete data supporting the fact the old line I had was crap. If you have telephone service from them and have issues with it as well, they are obligated by law to respond within 24 hours, due to 911 exposure. Good luck with it, and let us know how it goes.
  6. You did indeed - DrivePool is the cat's meow. Glad to help - let us know how it goes.
  7. You'll want to use File Placement Rules on folders to ensure they stay on specific drives. Balancing settings, File Placement tab, Folders tab. https://stablebit.com/Support/DrivePool/2.X/Manual?Section=File Placement If your files are currently spread out over multiple disks (per folder) you will want to setup the desired rules, then initiate a re-balance to have it move them into place.
  8. That should work just fine. DrivePool isn't reliant on the OS version. As long as it sees the hidden PoolPart folders on connected drives at boot/startup, it'll remount the pool without issue. Be sure to contact CoveCube support and ask them to deactivate the license you had issued DrivePool on that computer, or you won't be able to re-activate using it. I haven't used Veeam (yet), though I evaluated it last week after reading more positive comments elsewhere on it. I'm currently using Macrium Reflect, which (for servers) has a rather heavy expense associated. I'll probably end up using Veeam on my new WSE 2016 server upgrade.
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    I/O Error

    Suggestion: pick up a copy of PingPlotter, enter in googleapis.com, set it for 5 or 10 second resolution, then run it. You get 14 days on the Standard/Pro edition to collect unlimited samples, and can switch to the free edition after that. See what kind of reliability you get over 24/48 hours, and what kind of pings you get on each hop. It might indicate any problems along the route, or if your connection drops out entirely. Attached a sample plot on my VPN connection to this post so you can see the kind of info you get from it. You can always just run a ping test from a command prompt, but lose detail on each hop that way. I used this method when proving to my ISP that there were connection issues. It helped me to successfully get the FCC involved and force the ISP to fix their hardware. Edit: I left mine running a little while after making this post, and the IP resolution changed on-the-fly. That's DNS and/or Google doing it, not me. Really nice info you can get on packets and hops this way.
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    Deployment / Duplication sanity check

    Yep, the Cloud Drive data is stored in hidden "CloudPart" folders (or in the case of File Sharing, a hidden "StableBit CloudDrive Share Data" folder) inside the storage volume / provider you used. You could either copy across the configuration folder (the service folder mentioned a few posts up) from the first computer and then edit CD's config to point to the location, or just install Cloud Drive and re-configure so it knows where to see the data. Keep in mind if the first server went down ungracefully, you'll have to contact CoveCube to release that license for activation on the other computer. And no - it's stored in chunks that are .dat files in there, so unreadable without Cloud Drive.
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    Duplication and C:/ drive?

    I'm definitely not the expert in duplication and metadata. Perhaps one of the developers can check over the numbers and offer an opinion. Normally when you set 2x duplication on a folder, once Drivepool -finishes- duplicating it, the files are *both* masters and completely identical (size, contents, permissions, flags, etc). If you can spare the space for the duplicates (and it looks like you can), then read i/o can definitely help with performance. If you had all 5-6 people hitting the same drive, and more than one was streaming UHD.. that drive would be under a bit too much stress. Not a high likelihood, but possible. And it's super easy to disable folder duplication later on, regaining the lost space.
  12. Jaga

    Duplication and C:/ drive?

    From what I understand, the metadata is simply information describing the system, it's files and the overall folder structure of your Pool, including the duplicated items. With rounding numbers, it sounds close to what it should be. The extra space may not even be used by the metadata - it could be a miscalculation by Drivepool on space used. You can always force a re-calculation of duplicates by clicking the little gear in the upper right corner, choose "Troubleshooting", and then "Recheck duplication...". If there were any inconsistencies, it may iron them out.
  13. Jaga

    Deployment / Duplication sanity check

    Absolutely, quite easy in fact. When you add the top-tier pool in the Hierarchy (which consists of all the smaller pools), have a SSD partition (or entire drive) connected to the same machine, and add it to that top-tier pool as the SSD Cache drive via the SSD Optimizer plugin. https://stablebit.com/DrivePool/Plugins You'd effectively create a high-speed file-write buffer for the entire set of pools. Though remember that anything residing on the SSD Cache drive isn't duplicated *until* it hits the sub-pools in the hierarchy. I'm not completely sure how aggressive the plugin is at moving files from the SSD Cache to the rest of the pool - that's a question for @Christopher (Drashna) to answer I think. So it's a point of failure, but a minor one.
  14. Jaga

    Duplication and C:/ drive?

    That's normal for the Metadata. Sounds like your duplication is as expected, just taking more space than you'd hoped due to the metadata usage. Partitioning is a great way to control use on a drive, yes. If you can manage to shrink the C: volume enough, drop another partition on there solely for DrivePool. OR you can consider that second SSD partition for use with the DrivePool SSD Optimizer plugin (to speed up the pool as a whole) (https://stablebit.com/DrivePool/Plugins). It effectively adds the SSD partition to the Pool as the landing point for all new files (for faster access), then slowly offloads them to the rest of the pool over time and with use. That's probably how I'd use the space if I were you.
  15. Jaga

    Duplication and C:/ drive?

    What level of folder duplication did you choose? 2x, 3x, 4x, more? It will determine the number of copies across your drives, and the resulting used space for duplicates. If you enabled both folder/file duplication and drive duplication (on the entire pool) at the same time it complicates figuring out total space used. More information about your level of duplication for everything would help to know. While you can add the C drive to the pool (to take advantage of left-over space), you may have a hard time controlling the pool's use of that drive, and it may fill up the hidden poolpart folder more quickly than you want. You can create file placement filters to try and help tell DrivePool what you want on there, to keep it under control. The current contents of the C: drive will never show in a pool.