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    SteveCliff reacted to revengineer in v2.3.0   
    Working well for me. Next time you go first. ?
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    SteveCliff reacted to CBers in NOTIFICATIONS   
    Hi Anthony,
     
    would it be possible for you to re-visit the NOTIFICATIONS please.
     
    I ask as I look after 2 friends servers and DB installs and I cannot differentiate between notifications from them as they both have the same COMPUTER-NAME,
     
    Would it be possible to add an additional field in the notification tab so that we can enter a "friendly-name" , defaulted to COMPUTER-NAME, please ??
     
    Alternatively, can the notification email be "sent" from the value in the "SMTP use name" field instead ??
     
    I'll raise a Support Ticket as well.
     
    Thanks, CBers.
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from KingofRome in Merry Christmas to everyone.   
    Merry Christmas to everyone too! Thanks to Anthony & co for the hard work on DB giving us a great piece of software and hope we all have a fantastic 2015
     
    ... and that DB gains VSS support, obviously!
    (Sorry Anthony - couldn't help myself  )
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from CBers in Merry Christmas to everyone.   
    Merry Christmas to everyone too! Thanks to Anthony & co for the hard work on DB giving us a great piece of software and hope we all have a fantastic 2015
     
    ... and that DB gains VSS support, obviously!
    (Sorry Anthony - couldn't help myself  )
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from JohnesRab in Experience with encrypted drives (Truecrypt or Bitlocker)   
    I spun up a VM this morning and set up a Truecrypt test.
     
    - The system drive and 3 data drives were all encrypted with the same password with the data drives set as system favourites so they mounted on boot up.
    - I added all 3 drives to a new pool with a single mount point in DB
     
    When I reboot the VM everything seems to come up fine - I can read/write to the pool fine, no errors from DB or Truecrypt that I can see (although not pushed a lot of data through it yet!) but in answer to your main question above, yes, all 3 Truecrypt drives *are* still visible in Windows and haven't been able to be hidden by DB

    It may be that hiding them just isn't possible due to the way Truecrypt mounts the drives? Anthony is pretty busy finalising the latest beta but it may be worth dropping a ticket in to see what his view is?
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from evorbethell in Merry Christmas!   
    Merry Christmas everyone!
     
    I'm crossing fingers Santa brings me VSS support in DB this year 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from carpinteyroryn in Drive Bender v2, let us know what you think   
    Not sure if this option would take over a full drive or whether you could point it to a directory instead? if it was the latter it would mean I could make better use of my SSD in the server (which basically sits there not doing a hell of a lot once the OS is loaded!). I could create a directory on the SSD and point it to there instead.
    It would need a maximum "cap" though in DB so that it didn't use up all the available disk space?
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from carpinteyroryn in Merry Christmas!   
    Merry Christmas everyone!
     
    I'm crossing fingers Santa brings me VSS support in DB this year 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from exciseeburb in Experience with encrypted drives (Truecrypt or Bitlocker)   
    I spun up a VM this morning and set up a Truecrypt test.
     
    - The system drive and 3 data drives were all encrypted with the same password with the data drives set as system favourites so they mounted on boot up.
    - I added all 3 drives to a new pool with a single mount point in DB
     
    When I reboot the VM everything seems to come up fine - I can read/write to the pool fine, no errors from DB or Truecrypt that I can see (although not pushed a lot of data through it yet!) but in answer to your main question above, yes, all 3 Truecrypt drives *are* still visible in Windows and haven't been able to be hidden by DB

    It may be that hiding them just isn't possible due to the way Truecrypt mounts the drives? Anthony is pretty busy finalising the latest beta but it may be worth dropping a ticket in to see what his view is?
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from scielsPhili in High Memory Usage With Drive Bender Pool   
    Checking your screen shot I realised this was 1.3Gb of RAM .... I was about to be very impressed with Anthony's coding if he'd fit everything in 1.3Mb 
     
    What version of DB are you running?
    NB. My DB service runs around 160Mb on my 16Tb(ish) pool and that has plenty of activity on it (6 x virtual machines and normal media watching/listening etc.)
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from DrupleTep in Merry Christmas!   
    Merry Christmas everyone!
     
    I'm crossing fingers Santa brings me VSS support in DB this year 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from Tiellgretly in Merry Christmas!   
    Merry Christmas everyone!
     
    I'm crossing fingers Santa brings me VSS support in DB this year 
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    SteveCliff reacted to Anthony in We are live!   
    We have just released v2 ER1, and a big thanks to those that have reported bugs etc.
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from jmone in Converting my NTFS Drives to ReFS   
    I don't think the performance drop (benchmark wise) is massive but it is there apparently - for instance http://www.firstever.eu/en/refs-vs-ntfs-benchmark/
    Good though that you aren't seeing anything in "real life" terms!
     
    My 'need' for quota support could actually be overcome another way I think (although wouldn't it be great if DB could create a mount point with a specific size to it!) so I may have another think about it.
     
    Food for thought - thanks!
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from Pneulknup in Welcome to our new forum!   
    Can't seem to find the link that you click for "Free Bag Of Money To Feed Hard Drive Addiction" .... any chance you can create one please? 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from aerosmort in Welcome to our new forum!   
    Can't seem to find the link that you click for "Free Bag Of Money To Feed Hard Drive Addiction" .... any chance you can create one please? 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from piroblecy in Welcome to our new forum!   
    Can't seem to find the link that you click for "Free Bag Of Money To Feed Hard Drive Addiction" .... any chance you can create one please? 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from JohnesRab in Drive Bender v2, let us know what you think   
    Yep - that would work as well (and then wouldn't need to specify a max cap) .... although knowing me I'm bound to screw up my system drive when I try and shrink the existing partition 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from JohnesRab in Backup of active Pool Data   
    There have been a number of discussions about increasing the functionality of duplication within DB but currently you can only do 1 x duplicate.
    I use other software to basically monitor any directory structures that I need additional backups of. I've used Goodsync in the past which has been good but have switched to a new beta program called Bvckup - very good so far I think.
    NB. I have nothing to do with these companies
     
    In the future though it would be great to see DB have this functionality and have it all in one program.
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from JohnesRab in Merry Christmas!   
    Merry Christmas everyone!
     
    I'm crossing fingers Santa brings me VSS support in DB this year 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from carpinteyroryn in Welcome to our new forum!   
    Can't seem to find the link that you click for "Free Bag Of Money To Feed Hard Drive Addiction" .... any chance you can create one please? 
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from JohnesRab in Drive Bender v2, let us know what you think   
    Not sure if this option would take over a full drive or whether you could point it to a directory instead? if it was the latter it would mean I could make better use of my SSD in the server (which basically sits there not doing a hell of a lot once the OS is loaded!). I could create a directory on the SSD and point it to there instead.
    It would need a maximum "cap" though in DB so that it didn't use up all the available disk space?
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    SteveCliff reacted to FlyingShawn in Best way to replace largely-failed, partially-duped disk? / How do Remove or Swap operations handle bad sectors?   
    For those curious, after discussing the situation with Anthony, here is what I did and learned about DB...
     
    We ended up following a simplified version of Approach 2:
    1)  Stop the DB service
    2)  Use FlexRAID's parity to restore the Toshiba's data onto the empty WD.
    3)  Made sure the Driver Bender-specific files on the root of the drive (the *.DRIVEBENDER files) were restored (in my case, FlexRAID hadn't been protecting them for some unknown reason, but I was able to pull valid copies of them off the Toshiba)
    4)  Pulled the Toshiba from the system (would also work to simply delete those DB-specific files from the drive root)
    5)  Restarted the DB Service (which automatically went into "Fault Tolerant" mode since the Toshiba was missing)
    6)  Ran a "Restore Pool" operation from the Pool tab in the DB Dashboard (http://support.drivebender.com/entries/22962601-How-do-I-restore-a-pool-using-the-connected-drives-) to have DB restore the Pool based on the drives that were connected.
     
    And that's it: my Pool was back up and running!  I did have about a half dozen "duplicate primary files" that DB automatically renamed for me that I'll need to clean up manually, but the DB email notifications were kind enough to tell me the location of each one so that'll be an easy task.
     
    The key differences between this procedure and my earlier idea for "Approach 2" are that I did NOT need to reproduce the partition structure of the Toshiba or spoof the partition label: DB apparently doesn't care if the new drive is the same name or size as the old one as long as those root files are present.
     
    In other words, it seems DB would be perfectly fine if you pulled a drive from your system, copied its contents to a new drive, installed that new drive, and ran a Pool Restore.  (PLEASE NOTE: this is not an approved procedure or DB's recommendation for how to upgrade to a newer or larger drive, that's what the "Swap in a new drive" function is for. I'm just describing it here as a way of simplifying these concepts as much as possible for clarity).
     
    Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results and am pretty confident that I didn't lose any of my files.  Going forward, I'm going to take steps to protect those DB root files in case they get corrupted in a drive failure (if I can't get FlexRAID to protect them, the next step will be to have Acronis take backups of those specific on each drive at a regular and frequent interval).
     
    Thanks again to Anthony and w3wilkes for the help!
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from JohnesRab in Beta v2.0.2.9   
    Spinning up a VM over the weekend to test this out - thanks Anthony!
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    SteveCliff got a reaction from JohnesRab in Drive Bender and Truecrypt   
    I ran this kind of thing on a pilot set up and after some changes by Anthony it worked fine, although I didn't end up putting it on my main server in the end (nothing to do with DB - more the hassle of moving and encrypting every drive on my system!)
     
    The option you need to turn on in DB is in Settings / Advanced called "Enable physical drive number emulation" as Truecrypt hides the drive details from DB.
     
    As far as Truecrypt is concerned, you can add mount points as System Favourites which will get mounted automatically when you boot the machine up. I *think* the pass phrase for each mount has to be the same as the pass phrase you use booting up .... but I could be wrong here, it's been too long ago when I did it! 
     
    I hope that helps?
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