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Snapshot RAID / Re: Confused - how to make snapshot raid
« Last post by artroom on October 17, 2018, 06:06:17 pm »
OK. I think I will bite the bullet and just buy another HD now (which is what I was hoping to avoid).
That way I can just put everything back into 1 big storage pool and have enough PPU to cover it all.
Anything else sounds like it will get too messy, and I don't want to spend too much time on anything new, or money on new software.

thanks for your help.
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Snapshot RAID / Re: Confused - how to make snapshot raid
« Last post by smarty12345 on October 17, 2018, 04:15:28 pm »
I have just tried this on a VM using NTFS mounts.
So in a nutshell. You can have only a single instance of a storage pool running via Flexraid. After the first is created the option to make more is greyed out.
the "raid" is totally separate in Expert mode however.
So unlike cruise control that will create a raid and pool all the disks in that raid, using expert mode you can create a single pool from any number of the disks you have, and exclude others. And then configure a raid over any selection of disks you want too.
I believe you can set up multiple raids of different disks. Though I think that could get messy.  But you are limited to only a single initialized pool. IF you want more than one pool you will probably have to look and dedicated pooling software. 
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Snapshot RAID / Re: Confused - how to make snapshot raid
« Last post by artroom on October 16, 2018, 04:18:18 pm »
Thanks again Smarty...
So, I have to create a second pool and then add the snapshot raid to the same drive paths used to make that pool?
I thought a raid merged the disks as one, is this not what flexraid does for a snapshot raid? It has to be done in two separate parts?
If that is the case, can you make a pool of all your drives, but choose to only snapshot raid some of them?

I tried to create a pool from those disks but when I go to Add New Configuration, the only option it will let me choose is another Snapshot Raid. Is Flexraid only able to create one storage pool, but unlimited snapshot raids? That does seem very odd.

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Snapshot RAID / Re: Confused - how to make snapshot raid
« Last post by smarty12345 on October 16, 2018, 01:51:29 pm »
Read these :
http://wiki.flexraid.com/2011/08/23/setting-up-the-storage-pool/
http://wiki.flexraid.com/2011/08/23/setting-up-your-snapshot-raid/

From reading those, what you want to do should be possible. But you would need to do it from NTFS folder mount points and not from drive letters.
As that way you can still have the mounts directed to a pool or a raid-F setup or both, and not have all the drives showing up separately in My computer with drive letters.

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Snapshot RAID / Confused - how to make snapshot raid
« Last post by artroom on October 16, 2018, 02:42:12 am »
Sorry if I've missed something obvious here, but I've been going round in circles for days trying to figure this out.

I've had a Cruise Control raid running successfully for year made of 4 drives. I then wanted to add 2 drives as a separate Storage Pool. As you can't do that with a Cruise Control set up, I deleted the cruise control and created an Expert Mode Snapshot of the original 4 drives and recreated the PPU (it kept erroring if I tried to reuse the existing PPU), and a Storage Pool for the 2 new drives.

The Storage Pool is working fine and shows as T Drive: FlexRAID Storage Pool.
However the Snapshot Raid doesn't seem to have done anything. The 4 drives still just show as individual drives in Windows.

What am I missing to get these 4 drives to show as one, like it did before in Cruise Control?
thanks
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Storage Pooling / Re: Cant select option to create Storage Pool
« Last post by artroom on October 15, 2018, 06:25:39 am »
I don't have the time. money or desire to overhaul my whole setup like I really want to, so for now will stick with it...until a problem or need arises.
I've never had to recover anything so no idea if I'll have problems.
It is recreating the raid now. I have to recreate the PPU as it just wouldn't do it using the existing parity data.
I have always found support sorely lacking (for a paid product) so not surprising it is a reason people abandon it.
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Storage Pooling / Re: Cant select option to create Storage Pool
« Last post by smarty12345 on October 15, 2018, 06:00:05 am »
Thanks Smarty

So iI presume it is possible/safe to recreate the existing 4 drive raid done in cruise control in expert mode without any data loss?

If there is nothing wrong with your drives or data already then it would be safe to do so. The question really is if your going to do that, should you stick with flexraid. As from what I have seen on the forum over the last year or so is that most people have stopped using it (including myself) due to data recovery issues, corrupted files, no support and licencing issues with reinstalled or new systems.
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Storage Pooling / Re: Cant select option to create Storage Pool
« Last post by artroom on October 14, 2018, 04:46:17 pm »
Thanks Smarty

So iI presume it is possible/safe to recreate the existing 4 drive raid done in cruise control in expert mode without any data loss?
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Storage Pooling / Re: Cant select option to create Storage Pool
« Last post by smarty12345 on October 12, 2018, 04:26:21 pm »
I currently have 4 internal drives in my WHS microserver setup as a Snapshot Raid. And that is working fine, with an external drive I connect for the PPU.
I have recently added a 5 Bay external enclosure for expansion with 1 Drive in it. I now wish to add a second drive to it and just set it up as Storage Pooling for the time being.  However when I try to add a new configuration, Cruise Control is greyed out, I can only select Expert, which is ok, but then I can only select Snapshot, Storage Pool is greyed out.
I do not have any drive I can use for a PPU at this time and all the options for Snapshot seem to require at least 1.
1) Why would I not be able to create a Storage Pool?
2) Is there any way to create a Snapshot raid without a PPU (I don't need the redundancy for now)
thanks

From the Wiki on storage pool setup. " Note that you can’t create a Storage Pool if you have a Cruise Control configuration already in your system."
Wiki is http://wiki.flexraid.com/2011/08/23/setting-up-the-storage-pool/

It doesn't say in that Wiki, but given the wording in the "note", I would say its a fair guess that if you want a pool and a snapshot raid running, you would need to configure each one manually in expert mode and not use cruise control to create the snapshot.
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General Discussion / Re: Unable to log into the customer portal
« Last post by smarty12345 on October 12, 2018, 04:16:34 pm »
If I can't use my FlexRAID license anymore, how would I retrieve my data?
Flexraid doesn't do anything with your data. As far as I know to get to the data on the drives all you would have to do is assign drive letters to the individual drives if they don't already have them and the data should be readable.
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