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I am running WSE2012 (not R2) as my home server and recently replaced LOTS of very old 4tb disks with new 12tb disks. I reorganized and greatly simplified my DrivePool structure from 7 down to just two now, but sadly realized after nearly getting everything right I REALLY wish I had slowed down to consider formatting the "F: - File History Backups" drives as 64k clusters instead of 4k. I use this pool to receive the Macrium Reflect images of each client pc each night - so the file sizes are always BIG. The pool curently consists of 2 12tb drives (4k cluster), 2 5tb (4k) and 2 8tb (64k). I read apost about using load balancing to convert the cluster size, but could not find the option describe in my version of Drive Pool 22.214.171.1247. the pool is set for 2x file duplication. SO - Can I remove one 12 tb disk at a time - reformat it with 64k and then just add it back and let the pool rebuild SAFELY - i.e - without destroying the backups already stored? I would physically remove the drive after a shut down and do the formatting on a separate machine and then place it back. Sorry to be so scatterbrained about this - One of the 4tb drives in this machine died and I thought I'd lost all the redirected user directory, but was able to find a backup and recovered 90% - so I'm a little gun shy right now! Thanks for great support of a really great product!
So after many years of perfect reliability from my HP MediaSmart EX475 (WHS v1) it has finally started to die (randomly shuts off every few days with no error logging, and it's on a UPS). But the good news is I've now built myself a new ground-up server running Windows Server Essentials 2012 R2 with DrivePool and Scanner, and so far it's all looking good. Whilst checking through the WSE features I noted that the Pool Drive (virtual drive) had Previous Versions turned ON and the physical drives had it turned off. My understanding was that Previous Versions was not supported by DrivePool, particularly on the virtual drive, so I turned it off. Am I correct in thinking that it is not supported on the virtual disk (I'm running 126.96.36.1990 RC)? Is it supported/does it work on the physical disks and therefore the files that make up the pool? Thanks in advance.