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The new version of the Windows Home Server 2011 add-in Drive Bender, codename Tomcat, also known as version 1.3 should be out April 24th.

This is what Anthony tweeted:

v1.3 has a date… all being well it will hit on the 24 of April.

Here are two new screenshots to keep you going.

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This is certainly looking very professional, and I look forward to see the final release.

Have you tried the beta? If so, let us know.

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.

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The new version of the Windows Home Server 2011 add-in Drive Bender, codename Tomcat is getting close to release, and with that news comes a new screenshot!

This is what Anthony posted in the Drive Bender forums:

It is close to being ready, we are working through some usability issues and doing a bunch of testing, however we are close.

See the attachment for a sneak peak at then new interface. The WHS interface addin interface is similar (although there is an option to switch back to the traditional interface).

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This is certainly looking very professional, and I look forward to see the final release.

Have you tried the beta? If so, let us know.

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Towards the end of November 2011, UWHS’s Andrew Edney made me aware of Apple’s Replacement Program for 1st generation iPod Nanos. It seems some 1st gen Nanos had a rare fault which caused some safety issues, so Apple decided to recall them and offer replacements. Not all 1st gen Nanos are eligible. If you have one, go to this page on apple.com to see if yours is eligible for replacement. If it is, simply follow the instructions to start the process.

After filling out a few details, Apple sent me a shipping box to send back my old Nano. It took a couple of weeks for the box to arrive. The box was perfectly sized for the 1st gen Nano, and I sent mine off (being sure to restore it to factory settings with iTunes first – I didn’t use mine for anything except music, but hey, you never know). You have to send it recorded delivery (pre-paid), so you’ll need a trip to the post office. Apple give you a link via email to the repair status page for your case so you can track the progress. Mine was received by Apple very quickly, and it was marked “pending replacement”.

It stayed as “pending” for about six weeks. A friend of mine had submitted his at the same time and sent me a message that he’d received his replacement, and that it was a barnd new 6th gen Nano! I couldn’t believe it! I just hoped mine wouldn’t be pink…

Sure enough, a couple of days later, I got an email with a status update and a UPS tracking link for my new Nano, which was on its way from Ireland. It arrived a couple of days later. As it had to be signed for, you’d have to be at home to take the delivery. I opened the box, and found inside a fantastic brand new silver 6th gen iPod Nano*. They are worth £115, so to get one in exchange for a well-loved 1st gen I’d had for over six years is brilliant – thank you, Apple.

Here are a few pictures of my new toy…

It’s the 8GB version – there is also a 16GB model available. It comes with a square multi-touch screen of just over an inch square. The multi-touch allows you to turn the screen orientation with two fingers. You move into the menu items by touching, and out of them by swiping right. It has a surprisingly good set of features for a Nano (especially compared to the 1st gen it’s replacing):

  • 24hr battery life
  • Shake-to-shuffle
  • Fitness application which links to Nike+
  • Strong clip for wearing on clothes or as a watch (strap not included)
  • Clock application with many faces
  • iTunes with Genius
  • FM radio (with headphones attached)
  • Accessibility options to change display options, and give mono audio

If you have a 1st gen Nano, I strongly encourage you to see if you can get a replacement – what you get in return is well worth the effort and the wait.

*Note this link goes to the generic iPod Nano page at apple.com – if they bring out a newer version than 6th generation, this link will point to the new version instead.

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If you have a 1st generation iPod nano then you will want to get it replaced by Apple as they said it may overheat and pose a safety risk.

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Here is what Apple has said:

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.

Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.

Note: This battery issue is specific to the iPod nano (1st gen) and does not affect any other iPod.

Replacement Process

You may order a replacement unit via the web. Click here to begin.

Your iPod nano serial number will be checked to verify that it is eligible for this program. You will receive a replacement unit approximately 6 weeks after we receive your current iPod nano (1st gen).

If you have a personalized iPod nano, you will receive a non-personalized replacement. Make sure to use iTunes to back up any data on your current iPod nano before sending it in for a replacement unit.

Additional Information

Identifying an iPod nano (1st gen):

  • It has a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back – later iPod nano models have a metal front and back. See images on this web page.

If you need assistance with placing an order, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) and bring your iPod nano with you for serial number validation.

Your replacement iPod product is warranted to be free from defects for 90 days from the date of service.

So if you still have one of these, get it swapped out today.

Today saw an update to Beta 4 of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.1.7.7.

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Here is what is included in the beta 4 update:

Drive Bender v1.1.7.7

(9.6M) Release v1.1.7.7 – beta (2011-08-23)
- Bug fix: A number of issues were found that could cause instability issues, these have now been fixed.

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Today saw an update to Beta 4 of Drive Bender for Windows Home Server 2011 released, taking it to version v1.1.7.5.

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Here is what is included in the beta 4 update:

Release v1.1.7.5 – beta (2011-08-18)
- Update: Applying file security and / or file attributes to a file in a folder marked for duplicate, will also apply those same security / attribute setting to the duplicated file.
- Update: Much improved start up performance.
- Update: Smooth Streaming is now file type sensitive, and when enabled, will only kick in for common audio and video files.
- Update: Drive Bender core driver updated.
- Bug fix: Exception from either the Manager or WHS add-in no longer occurs if the Drive Bender server is still starting when these clients start.
- Update: Implementation of the Windows Server Health system (important Drive Bender events are now flagged with server alerts).

[button link="http://www.drivebender.com/" window="yes"]For more information check out the Drive Bender website[/button]

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]

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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?

And another new beta version of the Windows Home Server Drive Extender replacement StableBit DrivePool released – this time its build 3267.

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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:

1.0.0.3267 ———-

* Renaming a folder to the same name would make it disappear from Dashboard.

* Regenerating files would sometimes throw a null exception.

* Access denied on folder duplication change could un-share the folder.

[button link="http://forums.connecteddigitalworld.com/files/file/5-stablebit-drivepool/" style="download" color="silver" window="yes"]Download Stablebit Drivepool build 3267 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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