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Dave Hobson

Reinstall WTF!!

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Hey Drashna.

OK. First off although I have been using DrivePool since WHS days when it was first discussed on WGS I have to admit I don't really follow the forums much. That's usually a good sign as well, it obviously just works. It's been so long in fact I have zero idea of my original username on here so please bear with me. 

So now to the crux. Does Drivepool yet have an option yet to backup configs for cases like OS reinstalls? If it does then I'm to blame and please accept my apologies for what I'm about to say.(User fail!!)

If it doesn't then are you ever going to take seriously the issue that I personally at least twice have stated (over several years) , as have others that enabling any balancing by default on a fresh install is just about the most stupid thing I have ever seen. 

What is there? 5 or 6 balancers all enabled by default. So before the blink of an eye Drivepool is completely wrecking my painstakingly set up placement rules. Killing my carefully defragmented drives.(Awesome on 8x8TB drives and other drives too.)  All this happens before any human can react to a single pool, let alone 5 and certainly well before I can install the only balancer I'm interested in (SSD Optimizer.)

If the config backup exists then like I said it's my fault and I really need to visit the forums more. If it doesn't exist and its felt that allowing "anything" to happen by default on the Pools is a great Idea then that' fine too. Time to check out the alternatives. Sorry for my tone I'm pretty angry. Angrier still because I know from personal experience It's been brought up several times over several years. I can't believe that its easier to have 5 or 6 balancer active by default than it is to have all options dormant by default. 

As it happens so far I haven't turned on my external 8 bay case with another 3 pools so I'm not totally shafted. Before I do can I expect Drivepool to start throwing all those files around too then second I turn it on? That will just not be happening. At least if I do turn it on I will have first removed Drivepool  and looked at DriveBender or something else. Yes I can probably get around this by... 

1. Stopping the service

2. Moving all files on all drives outside the Poolpart folder.

3. Setting balancers & Plugins to MY needs. 

4. Moving the files back to the poolpart folders.

5. Starting the service. 

 

Sorry but I should only need to do step 3. I prefer common sense to hacks. If the current way is regarded even remotely as common sense or it even needs considering (rather than immediately actioning) then It's definitely time to uninstall. Anything that ever removes, changes or moves a file on my system without my expressed permission I would class as malware. 

Bottom line is I'm mid reinstall so do I take those 5 steps on a total of 16 drives or see if the alternative will leave my files alone until I ask it to do otherwise. I'm really hoping I haven't spent several years backing the wrong horse.

 

 

 

 

 

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It must be me but afaik, the setting are stored in the pools itself and will apply as soon as you connect the pool. Have you a thread where it says otherwise?

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umfriend is correct.  As soon as the software is resintalled, it should detect the pooled drives and rebuild the pool automatically, with the available disks. 

 

That said, you should try resetting the settings, if you haven't already.
http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_Q2299585B

 

And if that doesn't work, this should:
http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_F1655

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Yes, the pools are re-created as soon as pooled drives are detected.

But OP is asking about the settings (mainly the balancing configuration). Are those settings also applied from detected pools ?

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