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Today saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.7.8, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.7.8 release

  • Bug fix: The activation dialog could randomly request a user name and password.
  • Bug fix: When enumerating a folder that is linked to a folder outside of the pool, each file can be listed more than once.
  • Bug fix: Folder linking was not supporting SymLink correctly.
  • Update: Core driver acrhitectural changes.
  • Big fix: S.M.A.R.T. monitoring feature was not displaying information correctly for some users.

Bug fix: A number of minor interface and server issues resolved

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Today saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.7.5, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.7.5 release (2012-09-19)

– Update: Much improved duplication speed and lower CPU overhead (most notable on large folders).
– Update: Duplication folder scanning speed have been much improved.
– Bug fix: When using duplication tools, stopping a search can cause the client interface to hang.
– Update: Improved speed of mount points loading in the dashboard.
– Bug fix: WHS dashboard crashes when drive removal/swap is complete.
– Update: Hard drive S.M.A.R.T. monitoring has been introduced.
– Update: Hard drive model and serial number is now displayed for pooled drives (under the drives dashboard).
– Update: A number on interface enhancements.
– Bug fix: A number of minor interface and server issues resolved.

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Yesterday saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.6.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.6.0 release (2012-08-10)

– Update: Some branding changes to the client interface.
– Update: The settings option has been moved from the advanced tab to the main interface (lower left).
– Bug fix: As of Drive Bender v1.3.5.0 a drive removal or a drive swap operation will dismount all pool mount point for the duration of the operation. This is by design, however the notification of this dismount is not displayed, and as a result some users may not realize that this is intended.
– Bug fix: As of Drive Bender v1.3.5.0 a drive removal or a drive swap operation will dismount all pool mount point for the duration of the operation. This is by design, however if Drive Bender is set to manage system drive letters, then it may assign the dismounted mount point’s drive letter to the drive removed, this could cause the mount point not to come back up.
– Added: strict driver version check now performed. If there is a mismatch, an error is logged.
– Update: By default CRC validation of files moved or copied is now disabled (effects duplication, drive removal and drive swapping). This does not effect uses that have explicitly changed this seeing. This can be re-enabled via the settings.
– Bug fix: Opening the Advanced windows under the WHS addin (classic interface) can cause the dashboard to crash.
– Bug fix: The duplication tools could fail when running under the WHS classic theme.
– Update: Some additions and changes to themes.
– Bug fix: The map pooled drive option under setting was not working correctly.
– Bug fix: The progress on some drive management operations did not show correctly.

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Today saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.5.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.5.0 release (2012-08-03)

– Bug fix: User security can have issues with some extended characters.
– Bug fix: Removing a user from the user security list could fail.
– Bug fix: The “file in use” detection could fail in some circumstances (resulting in a number of internal file conflict issues).
– Update: Health monitor scanning time has been improved.
– Update: Better handling of files moving between duplicated and non-duplicated folders.
– Bug fix: Under some conditions, creating a folder can fail.
– Bug fix: Fixed a number of reparse point issues.
– Added: Added additional reparse support. This is disabled by default, for more information, see http://support.drivebender.com/entries/21522563-folder-link-support.
– Update: Performance improvement when reading / writing large numbers of small files.
– Bug fix: The client duplication window can crash on occasions.
– Update: Much improved duplication feedback and the addition of duplication tools to improve management.
– Update: When a license expires, the pool no longer shuts down, it now switches to read-only mode after an hour.
– Update: Improved IO error handling and logging.
– Update: Duplication processing speed has been vastly improved on large folder.
– Bug fix: The release license request option now checks for the trial key before proceeding.
– Bug fix: Some special characters can per vent files being renamed.
– Update: All dashboards now support mouse scrolling.
– Update: The client interface is now faster loading and more responsive on low end systems.
– Added: Option to disable Windows AutoPlay for drive letter mount points.

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Today saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.1.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.1.0 release (2012-05-09)

– Bug fix: When deleting a pool, the dashboard may not refresh correctly.
– Update: When adding a pool, the newly added pool is automatically selected.
– Added: Introduced a start-up specific log file. This captures all start up logging and ensures it does not get deleted during log rotation.
– Update: Improved file balancing algorithm.
– Update: The way duplication is handled when moving a folder within the same folder tree has changed. For details please visit support.drivebender.com
– Added: Better support for slower connecting drives (i.e. USB drives). Drive Bender will now wait for these drives to connect for a period of 2 minutes.
– Bug fix: If none of the drives within the pool are connected at start up, the loading of the mount point will no longer be aborted.
– Update: Improved mount point conflict resolution.
– Bug fix: You were not able to change some key properties if user security was enabled.
– Bug fix: Remounting of networked mount points.
– Added: Automated release license request option under support.
– Bug fix: Issue with user security and session time out resolved.
– Bug fix: The progress screen in the WHS addin may not close at start-up.

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If you have been trialling Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 you can now get a new licence key that extends the trial until July 1st 2012.

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This is what was posted on the site:

Extended trial key (expires 1st of July, 2012) – ENS70-10C00-G1HJK-M8P9Q-1R1AK-QIDSI-9HCAAWPCM

If you have tried Drive Bender in the past and wish to try it again, or simply want to extend your current trial period, use this key. To install, open the activate dialog, enter the key.

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Today saw an update to Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.3.0.0, also known as the Tomcat release.

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Release v1.3.0.0 release (2012-04-24)

– Update: New Windows and WHS interface.
– Bug fix: File count feature could report the incorrect number of files.
– Update: Minor health monitor improvements.
– Bug fix: Networked mount points are non-writable on Windows 2008 R2.
– Update: If a drive removal process fails, the drive is no longer mark with an error. The pool will continue to operate a normal.
– Added: Drive swap feature. This allows a pooled drive to be swapped out with a new drive.
– Update: Smooth Stream performance improvements with high volume, small file reads.
– Bug fix: The drive removal process could fail with a “not enough free space in the pool” error.
– Update: Thin provisioning has been implemented.
– Bug fix: Folder rename and delete functions can fail on a folder marked for duplication.

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Drive Bender, the add-in for Windows Home Sever 2011 that replaces Drive Extender, has now been updated to Beta v1.2.5.0 (beta 4 of the Tomcat release).

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What is it?

Drive Bender is state of the art, single point storage pool technology for Microsoft Windows. 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.

Expandability

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 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.

Data redundancy

To further ensure data safety, Drive Bender can automatically duplicate any file added to a Drive Bender pool. File duplication is determined at the folder level and occurs on the fly as data is being written to the pool. More importantly, files are only duplicated across physical drives ensuring maximum safety and data redundancy.

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 are utilizing standard NTFS format and file structures. This is to such an extent that a drive can be pulled from the pool and read on any machine capable of reading an NTFS formatted drive. More over, drives attached to the pool can be done so without modification, if a drive is added (not merged) that contains existing data, that data will remain untouched.

Ease 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.

The technology

Drive Bender employs existing, proven kernel mode file system technology. Having spent many years developing kernel mode drivers, we are able to use this experience to great extent. The end result is a product whose performance will closely match that of the underlying drive.

The story

Early in 2010 we prototyped a Drive Extender style application with the view of releasing a product that would work with all versions of Microsoft Windows. However soon thereafter, Microsoft announced Vail (a new version of Windows Home Server) and a small business server product, codename Aurora, both of which contain their Drive Extender technology. Given this, and the possibility that Drive Extend may well make its way to other Microsoft platforms, we shelved the project.

However later that same year, Microsoft announced that they would be dropping Drive Extender from all their products (including Windows Home Server 2011), leaving the door open for Division-M to resurrect the Drive Bender project!

What’s new in this release?

This is the forth and final beta of the Tomcat release. We are looking at Tomcat going gold in late March… with a couple of added surprises

Release v1.2.5.0 beta (2012-03-09)
– Bug fix: During an upgrade from v1.2.x, it is possible that a drive could be added to the pool more than once.
– Update: Check disk feature is now available to volumes.
– Bug fix: An exception can occur during drive removal causing the final process (pool validation check) to be aborted.
– Bug fix: A number of minor file balancing issues including file count tracking.
– Update: Improved handling of queued tasks.
– Bug fix: Under certain conditions the driver can deadlock.
– Update: File read / write performance improvements.
– Update: Drive Bender licenses can now be deactivated.
– Update: License manually activation is now supported.

Download the Windows version
Download the WHS version
Download the client version

Drive Bender, the add-in for Windows Home Sever 2011 that replaces Drive Extender, has a beta for it’s forthcoming Tomcat release taking it to version 1.2.4.5.

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What is it?

Drive Bender is state of the art, single point storage pool technology for Microsoft Windows. 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.

Expandability

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 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.

Data redundancy

To further ensure data safety, Drive Bender can automatically duplicate any file added to a Drive Bender pool. File duplication is determined at the folder level and occurs on the fly as data is being written to the pool. More importantly, files are only duplicated across physical drives ensuring maximum safety and data redundancy.

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 are utilizing standard NTFS format and file structures. This is to such an extent that a drive can be pulled from the pool and read on any machine capable of reading an NTFS formatted drive. More over, drives attached to the pool can be done so without modification, if a drive is added (not merged) that contains existing data, that data will remain untouched.

Ease 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.

The technology

Drive Bender employs existing, proven kernel mode file system technology. Having spent many years developing kernel mode drivers, we are able to use this experience to great extent. The end result is a product whose performance will closely match that of the underlying drive.

The story

Early in 2010 we prototyped a Drive Extender style application with the view of releasing a product that would work with all versions of Microsoft Windows. However soon thereafter, Microsoft announced Vail (a new version of Windows Home Server) and a small business server product, codename Aurora, both of which contain their Drive Extender technology. Given this, and the possibility that Drive Extend may well make its way to other Microsoft platforms, we shelved the project.

However later that same year, Microsoft announced that they would be dropping Drive Extender from all their products (including Windows Home Server 2011), leaving the door open for Division-M to resurrect the Drive Bender project!

Release v1.2.4.5 notes:

  • Known issue: The drive format option has been disabled due to a last minute bug.
  • Update: Pool configuration and validation has been improved.
  • Update: The restore from drives feature has been improved.
  • Bug fix: Drive letter mount points will mount even if one or more drives is offline.
  • Update: A pool remains in read only mode until all drives are on-line and ready.
  • Bug fix: When adding a raw (unformatted) drive, a “drive unrecognized” error can be thrown even if the format option was selected.
  • Update: When a drive is removed from a pool, the file are no longer copied, but are now moved from the drive to the pool.
  • Bug fix: When removing a drive, an error can be thrown on completion.
  • Bug fix: If a drive goes offline, or is offline at start up, files could still written to the pool even though the pool is in a fault tolerant state.
  • Update: Improved fault tolerant detection and handling.
  • Bug fix: A number of WHS addin / Manager interface updating issues.
  • Bug fix: Lockup issue when Smooth Stream is enabled.
  • Update: Many improvements to the Smooth Stream feature.
  • Update: Enabling and disabling folder duplication has been improved.
  • Bug fix: File count statistics count sometimes report an incorrect duplicated file count.
  • Bug fix: It is possible that threads scheduled to wake at a specific time fail to do so.
  • Update: NFS is now natively supported.
  • Bug fix: A number of driver related issues have been resolved.
  • Update: Improved reparse point handling.
  • Update: Improved folder deleted functionality.
  • Update: Improved folder rename functionality.
  • Bug fix: Adding a mount to a new pool can result in the desired configuration no being completed.

Download the Windows version
Download the WHS version
Download the client version

Have you tried the new beta?

Drive Bender, the add-in for Windows Home Sever 2011 that replaces Drive Extender, has a beta for it’s forthcoming Tomcat release taking it to version 1.2.3.5.

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What is it?

Drive Bender is state of the art, single point storage pool technology for Microsoft Windows. 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.

Expandability

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 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.

Data redundancy

To further ensure data safety, Drive Bender can automatically duplicate any file added to a Drive Bender pool. File duplication is determined at the folder level and occurs on the fly as data is being written to the pool. More importantly, files are only duplicated across physical drives ensuring maximum safety and data redundancy.

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 are utilizing standard NTFS format and file structures. This is to such an extent that a drive can be pulled from the pool and read on any machine capable of reading an NTFS formatted drive. More over, drives attached to the pool can be done so without modification, if a drive is added (not merged) that contains existing data, that data will remain untouched.

Ease 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.

The technology

Drive Bender employs existing, proven kernel mode file system technology. Having spent many years developing kernel mode drivers, we are able to use this experience to great extent. The end result is a product whose performance will closely match that of the underlying drive.

The story

Early in 2010 we prototyped a Drive Extender style application with the view of releasing a product that would work with all versions of Microsoft Windows. However soon thereafter, Microsoft announced Vail (a new version of Windows Home Server) and a small business server product, codename Aurora, both of which contain their Drive Extender technology. Given this, and the possibility that Drive Extend may well make its way to other Microsoft platforms, we shelved the project.

However later that same year, Microsoft announced that they would be dropping Drive Extender from all their products (including Windows Home Server 2011), leaving the door open for Division-M to resurrect the Drive Bender project!

Release v1.2.3.5 beta (2012-01-14)

– Bug fix: The pool could lockup under certain conditions (issue is caused by the named (alternate) stream support previously introduced, as a result this has been removed for the time being).
– Bug fix: BSOD could occur on systems running MSE.
– Update: The health monitor has been improved and now sleeps after each scan (currently this sleep time is 96 hours).
– Update: The pool file count meta-data is now persisted across reboots.
– Update: Client / server security has been introduced. This feature uses the Windows authentication system.
– Update: Client / server networking is now fully encrypted using AES.
– Update: Folder time stamping has been improved and now works as per the NTFS spec.

Download the Windows version
Download the WHS version
Download the client version

Important notes regarding this beta.
1) To install on a system running v1.2.2.2 (or earlier), simply install over the top of the existing installation.
2) If you experience an issues with this beta and wish to go back to v1.2.2.2, you are able to install v1.2.2.2 straight over the top of this beta.

Drive Bender, the add-in for Windows Home Sever 2011 that replaces Drive Extender, has a beta for it’s forthcoming Tomcat release taking it to version 1.2.3.0.DriveBender_thumb1_thumb_thumb_thumb[2]

What is it?

Drive Bender is state of the art, single point storage pool technology for Microsoft Windows. 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.

Expandability

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 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.

Data redundancy

To further ensure data safety, Drive Bender can automatically duplicate any file added to a Drive Bender pool. File duplication is determined at the folder level and occurs on the fly as data is being written to the pool. More importantly, files are only duplicated across physical drives ensuring maximum safety and data redundancy.

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 are utilizing standard NTFS format and file structures. This is to such an extent that a drive can be pulled from the pool and read on any machine capable of reading an NTFS formatted drive. More over, drives attached to the pool can be done so without modification, if a drive is added (not merged) that contains existing data, that data will remain untouched.

Ease 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.

The technology

Drive Bender employs existing, proven kernel mode file system technology. Having spent many years developing kernel mode drivers, we are able to use this experience to great extent. The end result is a product whose performance will closely match that of the underlying drive.

The story

Early in 2010 we prototyped a Drive Extender style application with the view of releasing a product that would work with all versions of Microsoft Windows. However soon thereafter, Microsoft announced Vail (a new version of Windows Home Server) and a small business server product, codename Aurora, both of which contain their Drive Extender technology. Given this, and the possibility that Drive Extend may well make its way to other Microsoft platforms, we shelved the project.

However later that same year, Microsoft announced that they would be dropping Drive Extender from all their products (including Windows Home Server 2011), leaving the door open for Division-M to resurrect the Drive Bender project!

Release v1.2.3.0 release (2011-12-31)

– Update: Support for a number of NTFS API’s including compression and junction points.
– Update: Named (alternate) stream support.
– Bug fix: The WHS Move Folder feature no longer quits with an error.
– Update: Added call trace mode from improved debugging (this is accessible from the “About” in the Manager, or “Other Tasks” in the WHS addin).
– Update: A number of file system performance improvements.

Download the Windows version
Download the WHS version
Download the client version

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