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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 Essentials, taking it to version v1.4.7.8 rc1, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.7.8 rc1 (2013-02-18)

- Update: Improved the file deleting speed for folders will a large number of files.
- Update: The file handling performance has been dramatically improved.
- Bug fix: Manually activation can fail with an error.
- Update: S.M.A.R.T. drive detection has been improved.
- Update: S.M.A.R.T. monitoring ignores drives that are in a powered down mode.
- Update: Email notifications are now limited in the number that can be sent is a given period.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, SBS 2011 Essentials and Windows Server 2012 Essentials, taking it to version v1.4.7.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.7.0

  • Added: Email notifications. Any Drive Bender system notification can now be sent to a nominated email address, this is configured under the Notification settings.
  • Update: Improved user security setting when creating a new mount point.
  • Bug fix: On a multi-pool system, if all the drives go off line for one of the pool, the other pool can also be affected.
  • Update: Improved handling of participating drives going off line (fault tolerant mode).
  • Bug fix: When opening the Drive Bender Manager, the main interface can hide behind other windows.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.6.5, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.6.5

  • Update: Improved license validation to prevent license activation issues.
  • Bug fix: BSOD can occur under some extreme conditions.
  • Update: Upon boot, Drive Bender now forces a refresh of the Windows volume symbolic link. This is to prevent the drive not found issue some users experience.
  • Update: Added a number of logging improvements to the balancing operation and increased the default range from 2% to 4% (i.e. drives must be 4% out of balance before balancing will occur).

Update: A number of performance improvements with regards to how pool free space is calculated and reported

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.6.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.6.0

  • Update: Added detail debug logging on license check.
  • Update: Drive removal changed so that a number of checks are made when the client indicates the process has finish.
  • Update: Updated help file.
  • Update: Some interface additions and tweaks.
  • Bug fix: Some users have been experiencing “License does not belong to this machine” errors.

Update: A number of performance improvements with regards to how pool free space is calculated and reported

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.5.5, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.5.5

  • Update: Enabled some of the low level caching to improve pool enumeration and access speed. This caching can improve some operation by up to 10 times.
  • Bug fix: Under some extreme circumstances, file reads while using Smooth Stream can stall indefinitely. When this happens Drive Bender will now drop out of Smooth Stream mode for this specific file context.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.5.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.5.0

  • Update: The Getting started wizard now offers to add more drives to a newly created pool.
  • Bug fix: When adding a pool, it was possible that the new pool would not start.
  • Bug fix: The Getting stated wizard has a number of text issues.
  • Update: New icons have been added to some of the themes.
  • Bug fix: When moving a folder, the destination folder’s modified date is not being updated correctly.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.2.5, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.2.5 beta

  • Bug fix: During a pool initialization or pool restore, Drive Bender can hang on Windows 8, Server 2012.
  • Bug fix: On Windows 8 / Server 2012 (can also apply to older O/S’s), Windows can throw recycle bin corrupt error messages (cause by permissions issues).
  • Update: When creating a drive letter mount point, the default “drive” permissions are now set to “Everyone”. This is to prevent some users experiencing the message “You need permission to perform this action”.
  • Update: Some interface additions and tweaks.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.2.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.2.0 beta

  • Bug fix: During a pool repair and rebuild operation, duplicated files with specific attributes may not be discovered during the rebuild scan, and therefore not restored (note these duplicate files remain untouched).
  • Update: The check disk function has been changed to ensure the balancing / health monitoring tasks are run while the disk is being checked.
  • Update: A number of interface improvements have been made to the duplication feature.
  • Update: Call trace mode is now switchable with out rebooting (although Drive Bender still requires a soft restart).
  • Update: A number of tweaks to Smooth Streaming have been made (mainly around memory usage).
  • Bug fix: Some minor changes and updates to the S.M.A.R.T. capability.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.1.5, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.1.5 beta

  • Bug fix: Memory leaks in DriveBender.dll library.
  • Bug fix: Worker thread manage can assign to worker tasks to the same thread, resulting in the thread becoming deadlocked.
  • Bug fix: The “Getting started” wizard could crash if attempting to create a pooled drive when there is not top level pool object present.
  • Bug fix: There can be instances where duplication scanning can enter the mount recycle bin.
  • Bug fix: The Windows 7 theme’s icons for setting and notification where not very visible.
  • Bug fix: Some minor changes to the main windows default start up position.
  • Bug fix: The duplication tools status line would disappear if it was longer than the available space.
  • Update: Some interface additions and tweaks.
  • Update: A number of duplication windows updates.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.4.1.2, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.4.1.2 beta (2012-11-15)

- Update: The introduction of our updated driver (VHyperDrive) for improved performance and Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 compatibility.
- Bug fix: Adding and deleting pools is now better handled (for both the client and server).
- Bug fix: An invalid pool / drive configuration can prevent the pool from starting correctly (this issue was introduced in v1.4.0.0)
- Bug fix: A number of minor interface issues.

IMPORTANT – This version uses a new generation of the Drive Bender drivers. When rebooting for the first time after upgrading, the pool mount points may take a few minutes to come up.

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DriveBender has left its beta phase and is now available as a released product in version 1.4.0.0.  Read on for details.

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DriveBender has left its beta phase and is now available as a released product in version 1.4.0.0.  DriveBender was developed for Windows Home Server to add drive pooling features, and it is also available for Windows.  Here are the product features:

Drive Bender is state of the art, single point storage pool technology for all versions of Microsoft Windows. From Windows XP through to the new Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. There is even a Windows Home Server 2011 specific version that is shipped with a native WHS dashboard addin.

Drive Bender presents multiple hard drives as a single pool of data storage, either as one or more drive letters, or a network shared drive. Drive Bender is able to do this with any drive recognized by Windows, including external drive such as USB, Firewire etc.

Management

Drive Bender for Windows is shipped with a metro style management dashboard client. This client allows for the remote management of the pool, mount point and hard drives. The dashboard also provides real-time information on file type usage, primary and duplicate file usage and read and write rates (for both the pool and the individual drives within the pool).

Drive Bender for WHS is shipped with a metro style WHS addin that allows for pool, mount point and drive management (classic WHS interface also available). Built upon the same platform as Drive Bender for Windows, the WHS edition offers a “best in class” WHS experience.

Performance

Drive Bender is built upon an enterprise grade driver that allows for high I/O throughput, and unlike some of the competition, Drive Bender continues to perform well even as the pool grows. In addition performance is further enhanced through our Smooth Stream technology. Smooth Stream is a feature that can improve file streaming performance (i.e. file coping or video / music streaming etc.) by caching a certain amount of the file being read.

Expandable

Drive Bender also provides the user with the ability to seamless expand their storage pool by simply adding a new drive. Adding a new drive expands the pool by the size of the new drive. Existing data within the pool is redistributed to the new drive to ensure the pool remain balanced.

Drive Merging and Converting

Drive Bender also offers a merge capability, allowing users to take a drive that contains data, and merge that drive (and its data) into the pool. In addition there is also a drive conversion feature. This can take and existing drive letter (mounted against a physical drive) and convert this into a pooled drive. Once completed, new hard drives can be added to expand the once fixed drive.

Drive Swapping

Drive Bender offers a drive swap feature that allow a user to seamlessly swap a drive in the pool for a new hard drive… thus making the upgrading a pool easier than ever.

Data Redundancy

To further ensure data safety, Drive Bender uses file duplication (optional down to the folder level) as its primary means of file redundancy. This means that any files written to the pool, is written to two physical hard drives simultaneously. And unlike software based RAID product, there is no major performance hit when writing to the pool.

Non-destructive

One of the key Drive Bender features is its non-destructive file system technology. In short, this means that all drives within a Drive Bender pool utilize the standard NTFS format, and can be added to the pool without being formatted. Again unlike RAID, all pooled drives can be removed and read on any machine capable of reading the NTFS format (this includes all modern Windows platforms).

Easy to Try

Because of our non-destructive file system, taking Drive Bender for a test drive is easy. Simply specify the drives to be included in the pool, and you are ready go. The drives are not formatted (unless specified), the only change made to the drive is the addition of a folder that holds the contents of the pool and a small number of configuration files.

Check it out here if you are looking for a drive pooling option for Windows Home Server or Windows systems.

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There is an update to the beta of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011, taking it to version v1.3.78.2, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.8.2 release

  • Bug fix: A number of compatibility issues with S.M.A.R.T. and Silicon Image controllers.
  • Update: When adding a drive via the wizard, the system drive (i.e. drive C), no longer appear in the list of drives available (they appeared disabled).
  • Update: Improved S.M.A.R.T. notification.
  • Update: Improved license / hardware detection, this should stop license de-activation issues.
  • Added: On startup the service will detect any pools that can be recovered.
  • Bug fix: The health service can crash (WHS platforms only).
  • Bug fix: “Value cannot be null” error message when starting the Drive Bender Console application

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