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A new beta for StableBit DrivePool has been released.

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StableBit DrivePool creates one virtual drive from one or more hard drives on your computer. If you ever run out of disk space on the pool drive letter then simply add another disk to the pool, and in seconds your virtual drive will expand in size.

You can even add disks to the pool with existing data, and that data will not be affected in any way. The drive will simply contribute the free space on it to the pool.

StableBit DrivePool stores all your pooled data in standard NTFS files and operates using a real kernel file system developed specifically for DrivePool for the utmost in performance.

This version of StableBit DrivePool is for Windows 8 (64 bit), Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows Server 2008 (64 bit), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit).

BETA 2.0.0.160

* [D] Server 2012 Essentials compatibility.

* Link in Server 2012 Essentials Dashboard to launch DrivePool UI from the Server Folders tab.

[button link="http://www.stablebit.com/DrivePool/Download" style="download"]Download the latest beta from here[/button]

There has been another beta build from CoveCube! StableBit DrivePool development marches on – now its version 1.0.2.6229.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This beta version’s change log

1.0.2.6229

* Fixed settings / state getting reset on upgrading.
* Added UI option for network I/O prioritization to the Disks DrivePool tab.
After some testing, this option seems to be effective at minimizing stutter when streaming high bandwidth media
directly from the server (such as BluRay).
* Moved read striping option to the Disks DrivePool tab.
* [D] Added a new read striping algorithm called “block mode” after conducting some testing with read striping.
CoveFS will select the correct algorithm to use in real-time.
Added a number of read striping options to .config:
CoveFs_ReadStripingBlockMode
CoveFs_ReadStripingStripeSize
CoveFs_ReadStripingBlockModeNoCache
* [D] Added performance measuring instrumentation into the driver.
* Exposed CoveFS performance measurements, in real time, into the Dashboard.
Hidden feature exposed by hitting ‘P’ on the DrivePool tab.
* Added read striping and network I/O boost real-time visualizations to the DrivePool Disks tab.
When these features are actively working, you will see how much pool I/O is being affected, in percentages.
* Fixed installer service not starting on fresh install.
* Fixed delayed action firing too often, affecting much of the application. Delayed actions are used in the service
and Dashboard, not in the file system.:

[button link="http://stablebit.com/DrivePool/Download " style="info" window="yes"]Learn more from the new Stablebit DrivePool home[/button]

[button link="http://forums.connecteddigitalworld.com/files/file/5-stablebit-drivepool/" style="download" color="silver" window="yes"]Download Stablebit Drivepool version 1.0.2.6229 here[/button]

The guys at Covecube have released two utilities that you might find useful.

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Windows Server Solutions Troubleshooter

This is a wizard that automates fixes to the WSS system.

The wizard supports the following tasks:

Media Streaming Repair

Use this when you are having trouble seeing audio / video that is set to stream from the server. You should also run this when you see duplicate media files.

In order to run this fix, the troubleshooter must be placed in C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin on the server.

Restore DrivePool Shares

Use this after re-installing the operating system, and you have an existing pool connected to the system. Folders on the pool will be automatically re-shared.

This fix can run from any folder on the server. Before running this fix, make sure that DrivePool is installed.

DrivePool Command Utility

Lets you work with the pool using a command line.

Commands:

  • SetDuplicationCount – Sets the duplication count on any folder. Can be used on non-shared folders and also with duplication counts that are greater than 2.

[button link="http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool_Utilities" style="download"]Download the utilities from here[/button]

StableBit DrivePool has had an update taking it to release 1.0.0.6008.

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

This version’s change log:

1.0.1.6008 ———-

* When setting duplication on a read-only folder, it used to error out with access denied.

* Do not error out on in-use duplicated files / other expected error conditions when removing disks from the pool.

[button link="http://stablebit.com/DrivePool/Download " style="info" window="yes"]Learn more from the new Stablebit DrivePool home[/button]

[button link="http://forums.connecteddigitalworld.com/files/file/5-stablebit-drivepool/" style="download" color="silver" window="yes"]Download Stablebit Drivepool build 6008 here[/button]

Covecube Tweeted that DrivePool Beta M4 is in public test phase.  Read on for details.

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We last told you about DrivePool last monthHere is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

Tonight, Covecube announced that DrivePool is now in the public test phase.  So if you want to test the application before release, check it out here!

[button link="http://forum.covecube.com/discussion/338/drivepool-beta-m4-migration-test" style="info" window="yes"]DrivePool Update[/button]

It’s been a little while since we had an update from Covecube on their Stablebit DrivePool addin for WHS 2011. Today they have published a really interesting walk-through on the M4 release which is coming very soon.

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Here is how the walk-through starts:

It has been a while since I posed anything, but all this time there has been a lot of work going into DrivePool, and BETA M4 is finally nearing completion. DrivePool BETA M4 should be released to the public at the end of this month or in January. BETA M4 will be the final BETA and will turn into the 1.0 final once it’s tested.

There’s a lot to get excited about in M4 so let’s take a look at what’s new and what’s changed.

Keep in mind that the screen shots are based on a development version and might change before release.

And this is the conclusion:

In DrivePool M4 the UI has been cleaned up and streamlined. Where possible, DrivePool now uses the default built-in wizards.

But this is not the whole story because DrivePool M4 features a brand new back-end, including a new file system written specifically for pooling files and maintaining maximum compatibility with existing applications that expect NTFS. But that’s a whole different story.

Once again, DrivePool BETA M4 is scheduled to be released publicly at the end of December 2011 or January 2012 and will be available for the Windows Server Solutions family of operating systems.

Go check out the full article from the Covecube wiki, it’s worth the read.

It’s been a while since we posted about any updates to Stablebit DrivePool. Covecove just tweeted an update – sort of….

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Here is how CoveCube describes this application:

  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

So hopefully soon we will see M4 and what it has to offer.

Until then, you can download the latest build of M3 here.

And another new beta version of the Windows Home Server Drive Extender replacement StableBit DrivePool released – this time its build 3444.

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  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

The changes in this version are:

1.0.0.3444 ———-

* Rewrote the WHS folder links module from scratch. – Automatic default folder migration. – Share name conflict resolution. – Faster startup / maintenance runs.

[button link="http://forums.connecteddigitalworld.com/files/file/5-stablebit-drivepool/" style="download" color="silver" window="yes"]Download Stablebit Drivepool build 3444 here[/button]

[button link="http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool" style="download"]Learn more about StableBit DrivePool here[/button]

Have you tried it? What do you think?

And another new beta version of the Windows Home Server Drive Extender replacement StableBit DrivePool released – this time its build 3417.

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  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

The changes in this version are:

1.0.0.3417 ———-

* Fixed error message mangling under some task abort conditions.

* Added rename folder task to proper concurrency group.

* Fixed incorrect file size calculation for 4+ GB files (internal to disk tasks).

* Fixed Dashboard lock-up on start. * Fixed access denied when performing disk tasks due to media streaming service.

* Incomplete repair wizard would not correct de-duplication errors, just duplication errors.

* Incomplete file repair was marking too many files fixed, even ones on other pool parts that it didn’t scan.

* Fixed access denied error when removing duplication status from a folder (if file part was read-only).

* Fixed false positives in the duplication error detection.

* Fixed error resolving conflicting duplicated files in repair task.

[button link="http://forums.connecteddigitalworld.com/files/file/5-stablebit-drivepool/" style="download" color="silver" window="yes"]Download Stablebit Drivepool build 3417 here[/button]

[button link="http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool" style="download"]Learn more about StableBit DrivePool here[/button]

Have you tried it? What do you think?

And another new beta version of the Windows Home Server Drive Extender replacement StableBit DrivePool released – this time its build 3334.

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  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

The changes in this version are:

1.0.0.3334 ———-

* Moving a folder now reports per-file progress. This will keep the progress bar moving even when a large file is in the process of being moved.

* Added move folder wizard.

* Enabled shared folder descriptions. Descriptions are stored on the pool in a hidden alternate stream inside the folder record itself. Because of this they are synchronized with the OS on startup and are preserved across different servers.

* Fixed alternate stream access on directories.

[button link="http://forums.connecteddigitalworld.com/files/file/5-stablebit-drivepool/" style="download" color="silver" window="yes"]Download Stablebit Drivepool build 3334 here[/button]

[button link="http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool" style="download"]Learn more about StableBit DrivePool here[/button]

Have you tried it? What do you think?

And another new beta version of the Windows Home Server Drive Extender replacement StableBit DrivePool released – this time its build 3292.

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  • Combine all your hard drives into one big storage pool (except the system drive with the OS).
  • Add and remove drives from the pool at any time without re-partitioning or manually moving folders.
  • Create duplicated folders on the storage drive pool that are protected against single drive failure. If a drive fails on which a duplicated file was stored, the contents of that file will remain readable even without the drive.
  • All your data is stored in standard NTFS files. You can always access your files even if the Windows Home Server completely crashes or this add-in can’t be used.

The changes in this version are:

1.0.0.3292 ———-

* Made the Dashboard details presenters display a reboot required message when the server needs rebooting instead of “Error starting service”.

* Fixed anti-flicker code in the Dashboard.

* Fixed device not ready errors when moving / renaming files on the pool.

* Fixed rare file not found errors that were being thrown when creating new files / moving existing files.

[button link="http://forums.connecteddigitalworld.com/files/file/5-stablebit-drivepool/" style="download" color="silver" window="yes"]Download Stablebit Drivepool build 3292 here[/button]

[button link="http://wiki.covecube.com/StableBit_DrivePool" style="download"]Learn more about StableBit DrivePool here[/button]

Have you tried it? What do you think?

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