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Airbender
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Hello Guys

First of all happy new year and second Thanks alot to all of you for all the help 2013 was great year for learning and improving and i would not been able to without great help of this great community

 

I have an advance question to ask but before i ask i have show you guys some screenshots so things can make sense

 

1- So here is image of my computer:

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2- here is image of configs drives

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3- here is image of config and some error i get

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So guys with F Raid will know what i am talking about. so here is what i did

In each main drive i created one folder as main folder name and everything else will be under it , configure parity and f raid everything is working great.

 

My issue:

When i cut a folder of size 700 GB + from one drive to new drive inside config in same pool the cut and past happens in seconds

WOW that Great i love it but in same time i am concern and confused of where the data are actually

 

where data actually moved ?

 

Second in config i see the drive size did not change for From hard drive and for to hard drive .... Strange ??

 

so i went to tool and try to update and that when i get error

 

can someone advise

 

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

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Are you cross posting to the flexraid forums - there are any number of sophisticated users there who can answer you queries (including brahmin, the key dev, who is pretty good, if a bit abrupt at answering questions)

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Are you cross posting to the flexraid forums - there are any number of sophisticated users there who can answer you queries (including brahmin, the key dev, who is pretty good, if a bit abrupt at answering questions)

Hi i did but usualy no one response back and some guys here use f raid and they been more helpful then anywhere else i been

 

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Hi

 

So if anyone run into same issue as me at lest they have screenshots to look at and details of the issue

 

So here is the answer i got:

 

The meta data is on the PPU.

1. Add a driver letter to the PPU disk so that you can access it.

2. Navigate to it and delete the xxx.flxr file.

3. Rename the xxx.flxr.bak to xxx.flxr.

4. Run the Update task.

If this does not work, delete all the content off the PPU drive, go to Toolbox -> Command Center, and re-Create.

 

 

I personally did not try it yet but i will only thing i dont know is how will i add drive latter to the drive ppu and the access it

 

but i hope this help others at lest

 

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Hello

 

Does anyone know an easy way to tell the left over size of individual dives in Raid F ??

 

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I cant figure this one out

 

Thanks

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You can tell the usage of the drives in flexraid's management interface, not 100% where it was located since I don't have raid-f installed anymore.

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Drive manager in the FlexRaid config:

 

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Hello ebr

 

Please look at this screen shot

 

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The data in drive manger do not change at lest for me so i was wondering if there is some other ways i can tell what is left as far space

 

 

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Done that did not work , I also restarted my pc and shutdown and then turn on no luck , I wondered if I delete the config and then re create it will fix the issue. Not sure

 

 

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Hello

never mind i figure it out i missed the main point of Raid F " Filling up drives one-at-a-time is the default behavior of raid-f "

i now can deiced i am going with tRaid as i wont be using the pool and i like my data to be in individual drives all properly organized

tRaid will give me that options

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  • 3 weeks later...

pmac, on 04 Feb 2014 - 11:45 AM, said:snapback.png

@Airbender, like I've mentioned before, I'm very new to this... Sorry to sound like such a noobie, but much of what you said about SATA controllers is foreign to me  :wacko:

 

My system specs are as follows:

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 4-core 3.10GHz

RAM: 8GB

OS: Win7 64-bit

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6670

Motherboard: Pegatron Corporation 2AC2

Chipset: Intel H61 (Cougar Point)

Drives: 2x WD Green 1TB SATA 3 GB/s (External)

              2x WD Green 3TB SATA 6 GB/s (External)

 

Using HWiNFO64, for my 1TB drives, under "General Information" for my Drive Controller it says: "Serial ATA 3Gb/s <-> USB". But for my 3TB drives, it says: "Serial ATA 6Gb/s @ 3Gb/s <-> USB"

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Thanks, @@Airbender.
 

My updated post from the other thread:

 

@@Airbender, like I've mentioned before, I'm very new to this... Sorry to sound like such a noobie, but much of what you said about SATA controllers is foreign to me   :wacko:

 

My system specs are as follows:

 

CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 4-core 3.10GHz

RAM: 8GB

OS: Win7 64-bit

GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6670

Motherboard: Pegatron Corporation 2AC2

Chipset: Intel H61 (Cougar Point)

Drives: 2x WD Green 1TB SATA 3 GB/s (External)

              2x WD Green 3TB SATA 6 GB/s (External)

 

Using HWiNFO64, for my 1TB drives, under "General Information" for my Drive Controller it says: "Serial ATA 3Gb/s <-> USB". But for my 3TB drives, it says: "Serial ATA 6Gb/s @ 3Gb/s <-> USB"

 

I have no idea what I have for a SATA controller, or how to check   :huh:

 

Ideally I'd like to have FlexRaid work on this PC though, just not really sure how to go about it.

 

Thanks,

 

Patrick

 

 

Also, I've read somewhere that I can take my Green drives out of their external enclosures and use them as an internal drive, but I've also read conflicting reports that their SATA <-> USB controller won't allow this. Has anyone here tried this? Or should I just leave them as external drives. Sorry to go a little off topic.

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@@pmac

 

"@Airbender, like I've mentioned before, I'm very new to this... Sorry to sound like such a noobie, but much of what you said about SATA controllers is foreign to me"

 

Ok first of all please read this post and look at screen shots and please also read these post to get an idea of what you going run into in this setup

 

1- http://mediabrowser.tv/community/index.php?/topic/2545-a-lot-of-questions-in-regards-to-flexraid/

 

2- http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,3293.0.html

 

3- http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,3155.0.html

 

4- http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,3083.0.html

 

5- http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,3085.0.html

 

6- http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,3080.0.html

 

This will give you a good idea of some of the issue you might run into so by know the issue you will save time and effort to fix the issue as it comes

 

now you have to read this as you will see this is an important post with tons of informations

 

8- http://forum.flexraid.com/index.php/topic,3266.0.html

 

i will answer you after this :)

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Thanks, @@Airbender.

 

My updated post from the other thread:

 
 

 

Also, I've read somewhere that I can take my Green drives out of their external enclosures and use them as an internal drive, but I've also read conflicting reports that their SATA <-> USB controller won't allow this. Has anyone here tried this? Or should I just leave them as external drives. Sorry to go a little off topic.

Hi

 

yes you can take extrnal drive out but it is a bitch task , sorry for my language but you will need to Search Youtube vido on how to do that , USB is not recommended but Raid F will recognize your USB external drive but they are way to slow for Raid F 

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Hi for SATA Controller you will need something like this

 

SYBA SI-PEX40064 PCI-Express 2.0 Low Profile Ready SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

 

or any good PCI-Express SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card with at lest 4 or 6 or 8 sata ports and your computer has to be able to support all hard drive and have fan to cool them

 

please look at my videos which i provided to you about my system :)

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Hi

 

so i am going to give you all the resources as i documented my jurny to tRaid 

 

1- drobo vs synology

http://mediabrowser3...bo-vs-synology/

 

2- Hard Drive Enclosure Suggestions

http://mediabrowser3...re-suggestions/

 

3- Storage Enclosure System vs NAS

http://mediabrowser3...-system-vs-nas/

 

4- off topic: SAS Hot Swap Rack Module

http://community.med...wap-rack-module

 

5- cloud storage of your choice

http://community.med...-of-your-choice

 

6- off topic: How many of you have Network storage systems ?

http://community.med...storage-systems

 

7- who is using Sans Digital 8-Bay eSATA RAID 0/1/10/5/JBOD Tower Storage Enclosure ?

http://www.avsforum....orage-enclosure

 

8- What Would you do ?

http://community.med...at-would-you-do

 

9- What Would You Do Part 2

http://mediabrowser3...-you-do-part-2/

 

10- Installing transparent raid for first time

http://mediabrowser3...for-first-time/

 

11- NAS VS External Hard Drive Enclosure

http://www.sevenforu...-enclosure.html

 

everything you see here is by far show how i got to this point one year of non stop issue after issue and so many technical difficulties to over come so before you jump into something and get stock like me i would recommand you to read and read and read and then you will have better idea 

 

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Hi @@pmac

 

so here is anthor example of a user ask question about why FlexRaid and the infomations you will find help full also sorry i am throwing so much at you but at the end you will be please with results

 

 

so what are the advantages of this raid software over others?

 

Is there a reason that you were dead-set on using a raid setup, that has obviously fallen behind on supporting their software and website?

Hello Tusselo, 

 

so what are the advantages of this raid software over others?

 

Answer: FlexRAID Software solutions is one of it kind , the code is different then any i seen by far that even ebr one of the most genius programmer/devloper in MB3 uses it.  The solutions is divided into few software's 

 

1- Parity Protection : on a separate drive

2- Hard drives Pool

3- Parity + Pool ( Raid F)

4- transparent raid (tRaid)

5- Some other software + Legacy

 

By Far everyone like Raid F at this moment because

 

1- It make one large Pool of all Hard drives

2- Provide Parity

3- on Click network shares files with all permissions setup properly

4- ect

 

transparent raid (tRaid) is very new base on NZF , i did not look into NZF and what it stand for but in real time it will calcualte your parity and update your save drive

and same time sync all of your data and if one drive died then you can reubit it on fly and still have your other drives and data available

 

Is there a reason that you were dead-set on using a raid setup, that has obviously fallen behind on supporting their software and website?

 

Answer: that what i thought 2 months ago and i was mad and angry but after i start using it and ask questions here and there and did research now i change my mind. The guys at  flexraid are good and very helpful but it takes them long time to respond , i guess MB3 Fourm and avs fourm kinds made us all feel like if we post a questions we will get answer in few seconds and we cant wait anymore. Yes they are behind in support and upgrading their site but they are small business and small orations so it is ok to wait on answers for some time. 

 

My mini series video will help everybody to install and configure tRaid and for Raid F there are so many HOWTO so setup and config is not an issue.

 

So far flexraid guys renewed my trial license for both Raid F and Raid t 3 times with no question ask , they are small and slow but nice :)

 

Is there a reason that you were dead-set on using a raid setup

 

It work for my needs Pool , Parity , Network share folders , just work for me , i have hard time to deiced on which one to buy or buy both and trust it does work

You will run into challanges but in world of computers who does not run into issues

 

So here is a video i made for Raid F in action so you can compare both F and T

 

 

 

 

Hope this help

 

 

Thanks

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Hi

 

yes you can take extrnal drive out but it is a bitch task , sorry for my language but you will need to Search Youtube vido on how to do that , USB is not recommended but Raid F will recognize your USB external drive but they are way to slow for Raid F 

 

Yes, I've watched those YouTube videos, that is where I originally got the idea from. I am hoping to be able to use the drives I already have, but from what you say, a USB drive will not work with Raid-F? If that is true, I will take them out of the enclosures and use as SATA if possible.

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Yeah take them out and use them as internal , see if you look at all the links I provided you all your questions will be answered bro and you will setup a system that is a kik ass :)

 

 

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Most of the links you provided will help me when I start to set up a FlexRaid, but before I can get to that point I'll have to make sure I have all the proper hardware that I'll need.

 

From what I understand from your posts, I won't be able to simply install FlexRaid and run it with my current setup, is this correct?

 

If not, would my best choice be to install a SATA controller on my current system, and hook up all my drives in a separate case with adequate cooling that piggybacks my current system? Sorry if that doesn't make sense, I'm just not sure what the proper setup is to use a system like this.

 

Ideally I'd like to keep everything in the case I have, and still be able to use it as my main PC and HTPC the way I do currently. The only drives I'd like to RAID are my Media drives (4 hooked up currently, but have another 1TB that isn't hooked up, and will also be adding a Parity drive, so 6 drives in total). If USB is not an option with Raid-F I will need to put my drives in a separate enclosure, since they won't fit all fit in my current HTPC case. But I'm not really sure how this can be done and still hook up to my current PC, but I will research that more once I've figured out the proper route to take.

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Can you provide me with the info of your case or pics ?? Once I know what kind of case you have then I can tell you more

 

 

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