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Upgraded to the Windows 11 Beta and DriveBender seems to load and recognize drives but won't create mount points. Will Windows 11 be eventually supported? I'm aware it's in Beta, just wanted to mention that so far DB seems incompatible. 

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I've upgraded to Windows 11 (22000.51) and reinstalled Drive Bender. I can confirm that the Drive Bender Service is not able to start because of the services Browser and Server.

From what I've seen in the event log the service Server is causing the problem. Since I'm running a German system, I've translated the related messages from the event log with Google Translate:

The "Drive Bender Service" did not start properly.

The "Server" service is dependent on the "Drive Bender Service", which was not started due to the following error:
The service could not be started. 

The "Browser" service depends on the "Server" service, which did not start due to the following error:
The dependency service or group could not be started.

So far I don't think the problem is caused by Driver Bender.

I'll restore my Windows 10 backup.

 

 

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I contacted the developer and he has not played with Win11 yet. he is in the process of getting DB v4 going and thinks it should be ready for beta in the next couple of months. He said they wait for the Windows releases to get closer to general availability before they get serious with compatibility work. As we all know beta software is a moving target, but thanks for the heads up.

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On 7/3/2021 at 1:37 PM, w3wilkes said:

I contacted the developer and he has not played with Win11 yet. he is in the process of getting DB v4 going and thinks it should be ready for beta in the next couple of months. He said they wait for the Windows releases to get closer to general availability before they get serious with compatibility work. As we all know beta software is a moving target, but thanks for the heads up.

That is good to know! Thanks for that info.... 🤙

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  • 5 weeks later...

Hi Div-M,

I also cannot get Drive Bender to function under Windows 11. 

Just poking around:

I see in the device manager>Disks over 90 "storlib virtual storage" disk drives.

Properties>Details of these drives read:
Device settings for {41D33169-5A81-4b4e-8571-3BE1B64F905B}\VirtualStorage\1&79f5d87&1&0165 were not migrated from previous OS installation due to partial or ambiguous device match.

Using View All Events I see 10K errors under StorDiag which say:
Completing a failed non-ReadWrite SCSI SRB request

I don't know if this is related, but it now takes 45 seconds to open a "Save As" window on a non-pooled drive. I assume it is taking an unusual amount of time to read the directory.

I will file this as a bug report to MS as well.

I don't want to re-install Windows 10. Please help when you can.

- Ted Schaefer

 

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I will submit a request, thanks.

After a fresh install of Windows 11, I found that I need to install IIS services to get the local host running. After that all of those error messages and storlib instances disappeared. Drive Bender seemed to work and restored the pool but it didn't produce a drive letter that I could browse.

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17 hours ago, TedSch said:

I will submit a request, thanks.

After a fresh install of Windows 11, I found that I need to install IIS services to get the local host running. After that all of those error messages and storlib instances disappeared. Drive Bender seemed to work and restored the pool but it didn't produce a drive letter that I could browse.

Wonder if you would be able to assign a drive letter using diskmgmt.exe?

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Thanks for the suggestion, however the installation of Drive Bender on Win11 slows down the file system so much that it takes several minutes for the desktop icons to appear on the desktop. I have to just uninstall it. I don't know if Drive Bender installs and ElDos driver, but it seems to be related to virtual storage. The latest version of CCleaner has a driver updater and identified is as old, so I updated it and reinstalled Drive Bender. No improvement so I am uninstalling it now.

I don't think that there's anything a customer can do at this moment. Could I convert the pool to storage spaces temporarily without loosing data?

- Ted

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Well, Win11 is here, and not a peep anywhere that i could see about a beta, or potential release of DB.... Am going to have to keep windows update disabled for the foreseeable future, I already had a note this morning that my PC wants to update to win11....... Might have to look into a different software raid to replace DB if that is the case... 

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Hello

I put in a support request about this, emial I received follows

Anthony Smith (Division-M - Support)

Oct 5, 2021, 18:25 GMT+11

Hi,

We are working on a new beta that will support Windows 11, it will be release as soon as possible.

Thanks,
Anthony Smith - Division-M

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  • 2 weeks later...

I was stuck in a miserable rut having cleaned out my Windows Update files. My media server was completely unusable. Luckily I remembered I still had my previous desktop that ran Windows 10 (that I hadn't booted in over 2 years).

Fired it up, updated Windows 10 to 20H2 (it was on 1803 smh), I already had drive bender installed and all the configs set up (as it was the predecessor to my current machine stuck on windows 11).

All I needed to do was physically connect my drives that formed the pool, enabled network discovery and sharing, shared the pooled drive then on my host machine I mapped the new network drive to the same mount point I used previously.

If you're stuck on Windows 11 with Drive Bender out of date and have a spare computer (with Windows 10 still on it) try this:

  • Update Windows
  • Install Drive Bender
  • Move (release) your license from the host machine to the temporary machine
  • On the host and the temporary machine hit the windows key + s, type "Advanced Sharing" and hit enter (should open "Manage Advanced Sharing Settings - Control Panel"
    • Enable discovery for your current network profile (Private, Public/Guest, All) then enable file sharing and printing for your current network profile
  • On the host machine open file explorer and open properties for the drive you'd like to map over the network then click the "Sharing" tab and click "Advanced sharing..." (you may want to change the account access to everyone, and )
    • Any programs that previously mapped that drive will likely require a UNC path to replace the previously invalid path (As "\\server name\driveletter" i.e. "\\zulu\c" or whatever drive letter you need)
    • If the program runs as an automatic service you may need to hunt down the executable and place it in your startup folder, when modifying the service properties, under the logon tab, you may need to change the user account to your current administrator, not Local System account
  • On the temporary machine, open file explorer and right click on "This PC" on the left hand side bar and select "map network drive"
    • Enter your UNC path to its mount point (as "\\server name\driveletter" i.e. "\\zulu\c")
    • Be sure to mount it on the same drive letter you used previously to reduce complications

If you need further help with restoring functionality to Plex Media Server, Sonarr, Radarr and NZBGet using this method, feel free to contact me.

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