So I installed the trial version to determine if this solution is good for me. My goal is very simple. two drives, duplicated (RAID1). I made a storage pool, added both drives, and checked duplication. Easy enough.
I didn't want the additional host drives to be visible, so I removed their drive letters. Everything is still golden, and now I only see the storage pool. Awesome.
Did some testing, some reboots, file transfers, things are looking good.
Next, after reading over these forums about how the software tends to scatter files across multiple drives, I was curious if the file structure would be "randomized" in a mirrored setup like this, or if it would match the file structure layout. So I reassigned drive letters to the drives and compared. In just initial light testing, it appears they match the folder structure, which is exactly what I wanted. Perfect. (Can anyone clarify if that continues to be the case long-term?)
Now I removed the drive letters. One drive the drive letter just went away. The other drive, I got some error about how the drive was in use, and the usual message that programs using the drive letter won't be able to reach the drive. Removed the drive letter. Things continued working. cool. Then... I rebooted.
Now the storage pool is gone. When I launch Stablebit after a reboot, it shows a message that the services are starting, and the counter there makes it to about a minute before going away. It does not see either of the drives in the pool. (can't remake the pool). In short, my original drives used in the pool, no longer "exist" to Stablebit.
I added a drive letter back to one of the drives, and windows see's it fine. And my files still exist on the drive. But Stablebit no longer functions. Tried rebooting several more times in between all this, but got nothing.
Did I discover a bug, or, was adding and removing drive letters a bad thing to do? To be clear, I did not modify the storage pool "virtual" drive letter, I'm referring to the actual spinning drives. (making them visible or not as a storage location within windows)
What would be the recovery for this? I did try taking the drives offline and back online again, but so far nothing has made Stablebit be able to "see" them again.