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Windows Server 2012 Essentials locks up moving folders to DrivePool


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I'm new to DrivePool, purchased it last week to go on my new HP Microserver N54L running WS2012E, separate SSD for boot, 8GB of RAM,

 

I had yet to really use the DrivePool (composed of a 4TB and 3 1TB drives), only putting a few folders in it.  Yesterday I added my existing 4TB drive to a pool with 3 other 1TB drives and a 4TB drive that had a few ServerFolders on them.  Then I tried to move the first shared ServerFolder in the Dashboard to the DrivePool.  It was my Movies share, about 1TB of movies.

 

After about 7% done my RDP session was hung.  Only the boot drive light was running, no longer the other hard drives.  I power cycled the system and it came back up.  Sadly, my Movies folder was empty on the G: drive, the old letter of the drive now in the pool and the S: drive, the DrivePool volume.  All of my Movies gone. 

 

I copied my Movies folder from a backup on a USB 3.0 disk directly to the DrivePool and watched it for 2 hours to see if it would lock up and it didn't.

 

Today I tried moving a 30GB shared ServerFolder using the Dashboard into the DrivePool and the computer froze again.  I let it sit for about 25 minutes frozen and it ended up rebooting by itself.  No data loss this time, but no files were even copied to the DrivePool either, even though it had stopped at about 20%.

 

Moving ServerFolders is also slow through the DashBoard.  Seems to be faster if I just manually move a folder.

 

I let the server sit all day without any storage activity  and it didn't lockup until I started moving a shared folder into the DrivePool this evening after work.

 

I was also able to remove 2 of the 1TB drives from the DrivePool without an issue.

 

Anyone seen anything like this before?  Any suggestions?  All of my drives are checked out by Stablebit Scanner, no bad sectors, no problems.  Server was running for about 8 days with no lockups before yesterday.

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The lock-up and reboot issue is a pain and sorry I can't address that.  But I'm wondering if you're using the best method to move your server folders if the data is already on a drive that you just added to the pool.  Check out http://community.covecube.com/index.php?/topic/297-new-drive-pool-created-what-about-existing-data/ and make sure you can't just move existing folders into the "PoolPart.xxxx" folders with Windows/File Explorer.  If that doesn't apply, sorry I didn't understand your situation well enough. 

 

Of course, you've still got to copy folders that reside on totally different drives, like your USB backup.  But I personally wouldn't use Dashboard to do that.  I'd use Windows/File Explorer (or TeraCopy) in the RDP session and copy from the source drive into the appropriate folder in ServerFolders in the drive letter for the DrivePool.

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For the lockup, did it actually BSOD?

If it did: http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_System_Crashes

At least upload the memory dump via the Widget at the bottom of the link.

 

However, if it didn't BSOD and it just hung, if it happens again: 

http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_System_Freeze

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The lock-up and reboot issue is a pain and sorry I can't address that.  But I'm wondering if you're using the best method to move your server folders if the data is already on a drive that you just added to the pool.  Check out http://community.covecube.com/index.php?/topic/297-new-drive-pool-created-what-about-existing-data/ and make sure you can't just move existing folders into the "PoolPart.xxxx" folders with Windows/File Explorer.  If that doesn't apply, sorry I didn't understand your situation well enough. 

 

Of course, you've still got to copy folders that reside on totally different drives, like your USB backup.  But I personally wouldn't use Dashboard to do that.  I'd use Windows/File Explorer (or TeraCopy) in the RDP session and copy from the source drive into the appropriate folder in ServerFolders in the drive letter for the DrivePool.

 

Thanks for the input.  What I mean by moving from the Dashboard is trying to use the "Move Folder" option for shared folders, since I wanted to keep the share in place.  I suppose I had no reason to do that really in my situation, but curious as to why it is so slow and was crashing.  Moving files from USB connected drives and non-shared folders I definitely just did by hand directly to the DrivePool virutal disk. 

 

 

For the lockup, did it actually BSOD?

If it did: http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_System_Crashes

At least upload the memory dump via the Widget at the bottom of the link.

 

However, if it didn't BSOD and it just hung, if it happens again: 

http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_System_Freeze

 

Thanks, I do not know at this time if it was a BSOD, because the server was headless at the time and I don't have a convienent monitor to hook up where it sits.  So I have to take it down and move it to my desk.  I may do that if it starts locking up again, but I have moved 4TB of data into the Drivepool volume over the last few days and no hiccups.  Copying at a decent 150MB/sec from USB 3.0.  I also duplicated many of the folders, putting some "stress" I suppose on the Drivepool volume and no problems there. 

 

So far so good.  I just created the OP the other day after having a bad run of 4 to 5 lockups while trying to move folders and now it has stopped. 

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Thanks, I do not know at this time if it was a BSOD, because the server was headless at the time and I don't have a convienent monitor to hook up where it sits.  

 

BTW, I recommend Nirsoft's BlueScreenView http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html. It will tell you if you've had a BSOD (listing all of them recorded) and even give you the old BSOD to look at (Options/Lower Pane Mode/Blue Screen in XP Style), for troubleshooting or just for nostalgia. Doesn't matter if headless or not.

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