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  1. Thanks very much for clarifying that Shane, I wasn't aware those settings were there. I understand it a lot better now. Thanks again
  2. Thanks Christopher, That's the conclusion I came to when HD Sentinel showed the health percentage for one of my drives drop from 100% to 11% overnight and gave it around 10 days until it died. I panicked and replaced the drive immediately but then when I checked the supposedly faulty drive it was fine. In fact I formatted it and it is now in use in the Backup Server as we speak. OK, you've twisted my arm, I'll go for StableBit Scanner . As an existing customer I can get it cheaper than HD Sentinel as well so that's an added bonus. Thanks again for your help.
  3. Thanks Shane. So just to be sure, by having 'Do not balance automatically' ticked in Balancing settings the 'evacuation of data' feature will be disabled. Also, I was wondering if you or anyone else for that matter had any thoughts to help me decide between StableBit Scanner and HD Sentinel Pro to keep an eye on my drives. As I said earlier my Media Server has HD Sentinel Pro and it has worked very well and keeps me informed of any issues although it did recently report one of my drives suddenly dropped from 100% down to 11% overnight and warned of imminent failure. However after replacin
  4. Hi, I am currently evaluating StableBit Scanner to decide whether to purchase that or HD Sentinel Pro which I already have one license for on another system. However I have a question regarding Scanner that I cannot find the answer to in the FAQ or the forum. Firstly though let me just outline my system. I have two systems, a Media Server and a Backup Server both around 10TB in size. Both systems are running SnapRAID for parity protection and Drivepool. The SnapRAID parity is calculated on the Media Server every night at around 2am and then every Sunday at around 3am any added or changed
  5. Just a quick update. I have found that the effected files had two copies on different physical drives in the PoolPart.xxx folders. I don't know how the duplicates got there but I'm sure this predates my use of DrivePool and probably originated when the drives were in a FlexRAID array. I have now deleted the duplicates and things are looking much better.
  6. Hi, I have come across an issue that is affecting a small number of files in the pool that I can't get to the bottom of. Basically, if I copy an affected file from the pool to another location (local or network) then the file in the destination has either a different 'date modified' attribute or it has a different file size. This was brought to my attention when my backup software kept backing up the same files because it detected that the destination file was different to the source file so it assumed the source file had been modified. At first I thought it was my backup software acting stran
  7. Thanks for your advice. As you say I'm sure it will settle down once it's 'sorted itself out'. That was what I found most confusing, I do have 'Duplication' turned off but it was still saying 'Duplicating'. It all seems rather confusing. I will do as you say and 'Re-Measure' and see what happens. Thanks for your help.
  8. Yeah, that's what I thought. 'Pool file duplication' does offer to enable it indicating that it is indeed turned off. Going back to my earlier question, in my screenshot where it says 'Unduplicated 1.82GB' and 'Other 9.68TB' what does 'Other' actually mean. It seems a bit vague.
  9. Thanks for clarifying that, at least I know I was doing the right thing. That's really good to know, thanks. I never thought about that but it makes perfect sense. I assume to turn balancing of by just ticking the box 'Do not balance automatically'. Just one more thing, I am in the process of migrating my backup server from FlexRAID over to SnapRAID/Drivepool and I'm a bit confused about the drive duplication. As I have everything parity protected AND backed up I have no need nor do I want any file or folder duplication done by Drivepool. However as yo
  10. Hi, I have a 10TB media server with SnapRAID and Drivepool and everything was fine until the other day when I was informed by Hard Disk Sentinel that one of my drives was critical and to back it up and replace immediately. When I came to replace the drive it became apparent that I didn't really understand how drivepool works so even though I stumbled my way through and it is all fine now I just want some information so that I understand it better for next time. So because I have the pool protected by SnapRAID and also I have the entire pool backed up weekly to a backup server I have file/
  11. Ah, I understand now. So the initial manual copy of the data to the new drive is 'just in case'. Then I add the new drive to the pool, remove the old drive from the pool at which point DrivePool should copy all the data to the PoolPart.xxxx folders on the other drives (including the new one) and then once that's done and verified I can delete my original copy. I didn't realise it would do that. Thanks again.
  12. Thanks for your advice. In the procedure you suggest, at what point do I copy the data from the old drive to the new one. Do I do that before step 1 so the new drive already has the data on it. Also, at step 2 where I remove the old drive in the GUI will DrivePool not then do what you said later in your post and 'try to move the files from the HDD-to-be-removed to the other disks in the Pool.'
  13. Hi, I am a fairly recent DrivePool user having migrated from FlexRAID. I have a 10TB media server with 4x3TB data drives and 1x3TB parity drive. At the moment I'm not using any RAID functionality until I've understood DrivePool properly and then my plan is to setup SnapRAID (unless anyone has a better suggestion). So as it stands at the moment I just have the 4x3TB data drives pooled and am not using the parity drive at the moment. I also run HD Sentinel Professional to monitor the drives and inform me of any issues etc. Anyway, the reason for my post. HD Sentinel has informed me that on
  14. That's good enough for me. I have absolutely no issue with paying for software when there is a good reason to have it over a cheaper or open source alternative. So, if this bug stops parity calculation how do you get around it. Is this something I should be worried about.
  15. Hi again, I've been getting my head round the command structure etc for SnapRAID and was just wondering if there was any particular reason why you use DrivePool instead of the 'Pool' feature already built in to SnapRAID. Thanks
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