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pccfatman

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  1. Man, you guys are on top of things. I love DB more and more every day Ed
  2. Noticed an issue with 2.0.3.8 If you disable the balancing option checkbox, DB will revert to cascade mode regardless of setting it to even. Basically with the box checked everything works normally and the change to even/cascade is saved. Unchecked it will always say cascade when applying either setting and returning to the menu. So DB will use cascade mode by default to balance the drives as data is written to them. Even though I dont want DB to balance on a schedule, I still want to be able to select which mode new files are written to the drives. Ed
  3. Are you talking about a landing zone? If so, yes that should improve the write speed to the pool as all files would initially be written to the SSD and then balanced to the other drives at a later time. However, if the drive fills before it can be balanced to the rest of the pool, I don't know how DB handles that situation. Additionally the read speed of your pool will stay the same as it currently is since you will be reading from the standard pool and not the landing zone drive (unless of course the files are still on that drive and it hasn't been balanced out yet) That's the way I understand it but I could be totally off my rocker though Ed
  4. In my experience, swapping drives is based entirely on the total number of files and the file size (granted the rpms of the drive and file location of the files on the platters makes a difference too). I don't know your specifics but if you have say 1 file at 1tb and 100,000 files at 1tb it will take substantially longer to transfer the larger number of files. I normally have large files that transfer around 60mbs to 130mbs (don't know why the huge variation). That being said friday to wednesday is an exceptional amount of time and it should not have taken that long in either of the above examples. I have removed full 3 and 4tb drives from my pool and the longest I have seen was about 18 hours. I am running a 16 port sata 3 raid card and standard desktop hard drives. I wonder if the bottleneck could possible be that sata controller you are using. I have noticed that my onboard sata3 and sata6 ports are much slower than my raid card. Not sure if this may be the case, just throwing some ideas out there. Another thing to check, and I know this may sound silly, but check your sata cables as well. I have some cheap ones that I got with a motherboard and they work for crap. I don't think the problem lies with DB itself though (although it is possible it could be driver related). Ahh, speaking of drivers, make sure you have the latest windows drivers for your sata controller, this can make a huge performance difference as well. Good Luck Ed
  5. Not sure if this helps but I was having a similar problem with plex and DB and it turned out to be my power supply. Was running a 750w Corsair but it didn't have enough molex plugs so I used a couple splitters. I figured it could handle it since I was not using the SATA plugs on the same lead. However after ruining 2 hard drives due to lack of power, constant OS reboots for no reason, and the loss of most of my hair, I switched the PS to my 1000w Thermaltake and have had no problems since other than the occasional network stutter (I assume this is due to transcoding bottlenecks since this equipment is old and slow, or perhaps network lag. Either way its only occasional) Hope this info help someone Ed Norco 4020 4U Server Case, 18TB in 14 drives, 120GB Corsair M500 SSD for OS Drive, Asus M3NHT/Mempipe Mainboard, Athlon II X4 630, 4GB Corsair Ram, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, Drive Bender 2.0.3.8 Beta, Flexraid 2.0u12 Final Raid-F For Real-Time Raid, Disparity for Snapshot Raid (since Flexraid has already cost me data in the past, could have been my fault don't know for sure), Plex Media Server (used on my PC, Android (tablet and phones), IOS Ipod Touch 4G, WDTV (old and slow but it works), Windows Surface RT, and pretty much anything else I can connect to it). BTW Division-M, I love you guys, the new 2.0 is great, you guys were on the ball with cascading balancing and the new interface is substantially more user friendly than the old version. One request (I know there's always a catch with a compliment), It would be a nice addition to the software if we could specify which drives were to be used for which types of files. Such as drive 0,1,2 used for multimedia and so on. I know this can be done by setting up additional pools but I knda like having a single 18tb drive (this would also allow for pulling specific drives from the system based on content) Thanks Again for the great software
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