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  1. WD really shot themselves in the foot on this one because of the issues with zfs and the uncertainties for other configurations. After being a loyal WD customer for 30 years, I have now started purchasing Seagate drives. Only time will tell if this was a smart move, but I do have a 500 GB backup drive from Seagate which has been spinning 24/7 since 2007, working longer than any WD drive I had in my pools. The SMR issues may not matter for Drivebender. I am now looking into a future without this wonderful product which has served me so well for a decade. Updates for Windows Server 2012 Essentials will soon seize and it is time to look for an upgrade. Going forward, Server Essentials will no longer include all the network backup feature. Given the rapid changes in the Windows Server OS gives me a queezy feeling for the future, and I will be migrating to FreeNAS instead. FreeNAS uses the zfs file system and will not work with the WD SMR drives. I will certainly miss the ability to add drives to a pool and easily mix drives of different sizes.
  2. My Window Server is the backbone in our house handling backups, serving movies, and providing file shares. The important stuff is backed up from the server to Crashplan but only a fraction of data is backed up off-site, 40+ TB is just too much to duplicate. DB provides duplication in case of failing drives and this mode of operation has served me well for more than a decade (initially with Microsoft Drive Extender). There is clearly a trade between convenience and data safety. I am aware of the risk but find it acceptable given restrictions in user permissions and filtering at the firewall. I would have implemented an extra layer of security suing the firewall but understand that this works only locally. No big deal.
  3. Drivebender drives behave like any other windows drive, so any directory on the Drivebender drive can be turned in a windows network share.
  4. Thanks ruralcricket. I am already protecting the network share access by user ID. My own user ID is the only one in the household that has write access to these shares. I am worried about something getting into my machine and malware encrypting across the network.
  5. I am looking with great interest at the firewall feature in DB 3.1. Does this work with network shares as well? I have all my important files stored on a server. The files are copied and deleted there with Windows Explorer, so only this executable should have write access while for all others read/list access should suffice. If someone could enlighten me as to whether my plans for using the firewall with windows (samba) network shares works that would be great.
  6. Fantastic news, thank you Anthony and Happy New Year!
  7. I don't seem to be in need for this patch (knock on wood), but I wanted to thank you for the continued support and improvements to DriveBender. It remains one of the best pieces software I ever bought.
  8. will it be possible to use Drive Xtender with the existing DriveBender pool? Or is the pool structure different? Trying to figure out how much work and how risky such transition would be.
  9. I saw that v2.7.0.0 is out and installed it (working well so far). Unfortunately, I will not be swapping (knock on wood) another drive soon so I do not know if the issue is fixed. Also, it was not apparent from the release notes that this issue was addressed. I may go the ticket route to get a response. Unfortunately, I do not have good debug documentation.
  10. Just encountering this problem again with v2.6.0.0, I found my own post looking for an answer. Something is not right here. DB should not waste a day to duplicate duplicates just to later warn of and delete them again. This time I simply deleted the wip_dup files, restarted the server, and ran a health check. I have not seen a response. Do I need to follow up by email or ticket?
  11. Anthony, thanks for keeping the updates coming. Drivebender remains a fantastic piece of software, and I have had few problems over years of use with none of them being critical. Installed new version and so far so good!
  12. It has been a while since I posted, mostly because Drivebender is working just fine with a few non-fatal quirks here and there. The latest quirk happened when I added a new drive to the pool using v2.5.0.0, which I just recently upgraded to. Upon adding the drive, DB started duplicating ~1 TB worth of duplicates. After 12 hours it appeared that the additional space was completely consumed, so I ran a health check. The check revealed >70,000 files with more than one duplicate. Now going into hour 26 after adding the drive, health check is still fixing the problem. I have no doubt that this will be fine, but this behavior can't be right. I never encountered anything similar with v2.4.
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