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So, I am testing the feasibility of replacing my Windows Storage Spaces RAID with tRAID.  I have been testing various things like hardlinking and formatting the completed tRAID.  I thought that tRAID was meant to be transparent in operation.  When I format the resultant disk I get this:  Can anyone educate me on whether I am making the wrong assumption about tRAID?
General Discussion / Re: Hardlink support
« Last post by togbabe on August 17, 2018, 09:50:10 pm »
So, is it actually the case that - after all this time - FlexRAID tRAID still does not support hardlinks under Windows?
Hi everyone,

I am trying to make the switch from Unraid and Windows Storage Spaces to FlexRAID TRAID.  I have created a RAID consisting of 7 disks: 1 parity and one landing Disk on SSD (fast Tier).  I love the look, feel and functionality of FlexRAID.  I was just about to buy it and start the transition from my lab to ‘real everyday use,’ when I thought I would create a hardlink – which is essential to the normal operation of the ‘home media centre’ part of my installation.  To my utter surprise, when I issue the command [mklink /J v:\btn_G.png "V:\Applications\CyberLink\PowerDirector15\BigBang\CLUpdater\Skin\150\btn_G.png"], I get “Creates a symbolic link.”  This blew my mind.  I went looking for any support issues on this and – to my surprise – I can find very little on it.  I thought TRAID supported Hardlinks, junctions, symbolic links and whatnot.  My LAB IS installed on a Windows 7 PC and the target system will be Windows 10.  But is this for real?  TRAID cannot support hard links?
 :-\ :'(
Storage Pooling / System slowdown with USB Storage pool
« Last post by toberg on August 07, 2018, 07:46:17 am »
I am running Flexraid RAID-F latest version with a USB storage enclosure. The enclosure holds 4 10tb drives and 4 6tb drives configured into a single storage pool on a Windows 10 Enterprise box. The storage pool starts and runs fine but after a few hours the system slows to a crawl. If I stop the storage pool then the system recovers and runs normally. But, when I restart the storage pool in a few hours the performance degrades again.

Any Ideas? .. Thanks in advance.
General Discussion / Re: Response From Sales?
« Last post by asian on August 05, 2018, 11:33:57 pm »
Great Email.

Also went with Unraid not mad about it but at least the forum is always help full.

And it works well.

I must say it is sad that Flexraid is busy dying was and still is a great product.

FlexRAID™ on Windows / Re: unable to remove traid configuration
« Last post by Cobbsmonet on August 02, 2018, 10:55:51 pm »
It is very good with your post. What do I know more.
General Discussion / Re: How to manually start flexraid
« Last post by Cobbsmonet on August 02, 2018, 10:55:18 pm »
I received from your post. It was very helpful to me.
General Discussion / Re: Can't run Verify Sync, failing with obscure error.
« Last post by efishta on August 02, 2018, 05:01:13 pm »
Try looking in the Windows Event Viewer for bad blocks, run a SMART full drive test from the FlexRAID WebUI on any/all disks (these can be run concurrently) and run something like hdsentinel (I <3 this software) for in-depth interpretations of SMART data.

If you get negative results from the above tests, it's time to locate the traid disk that corresponds with the failing drive and run a filesystem check on it (or a chkdsk cmd if old school). I'm not sure what the best strategy is afterwards, since the software is quite involved with power user options and alternatives to doing just about any action, but personally I'd manually fail the disk through the WebUI (after enabling the override), add a letter to the traid mirror of the failed drive (hijacking it) and copying the files you want to a temporary location.

Afterwards, recreate the array, and recreate parity. The risk of failure is definitely there but it's a lot lower than having a faulty disk in the mix, as you mentioned you might suspect.

The big problem is that FlexRAID traid is not designed as a click-and-go solution, and it lacks in documentation severely (who ever heard of randomly updated wiki posts instead of properly sourced documentation in some more usable and portable professional form... say... PDF?) Brahim never pretended otherwise, either, since from the get-go he was explicit about the direction of the products he was developing - they were for administrator/power user types, nothing less. There is no hand holding (perhaps outside the initial wizard) for maintenance and recovery attempts. You are expected to read the sparse documentation and make the best of it.

It's clear that this was an awesome attempt by a talented developer that has reached an EOL due to lack of updates and support. No other product I am aware of has attempted this type of featureset (real time raid over existing standard fileysystem, along with pooling capabilities...) so it's a shame.

Anyway, it's likely that the best way forward is to pursue other pooling and raid formats that allow using existing filesystems on drives. SnapRAID and flexraid raid-f are the two alternatives available. Well... Stablebit drivepool allows pooling and data protection through mirroring, but it's not really a parity protection method. And none of the previous 3 provide real time raid capabilities.

Otherwise I'd recommend something like UnRAID if you have temporary space to move your data to while recreating them in a separate filesystem. Supposed to be an amazing product.
General Discussion / Can't run Verify Sync, failing with obscure error.
« Last post by e.Blue on August 02, 2018, 10:53:07 am »
Good news is that my tRAID is up and appears to be running fine. However, for the past several months, I have not been able to complete a 'Verify + Sync'. I keep receiving an obscure error about a disk error. None of the disk are dropped, I had to expand the RAID a couple of times and even replace a failed disk. Everything seems fine but I still can't complete the Verify Sync. I'm hesitant to just attempt to recreate parity, if it thinks I may have a failing disk. The error also has contradictory info about which disk is causing the error. It states Failed UoR position = 1 and then Failed UoR ID = 100000005. Which do I look at and what do I do?


General Discussion / Re: Response From Sales?
« Last post by efishta on August 01, 2018, 03:08:34 pm »
Similar issue. I didn't even replace any hardware but had to re-install Windows fresh. Now it doesn't recognize my license key. No response from sales in over a month. Pretty disappointing.

Last evening I had a Windows server BSOD on the VM where I run FlexRAID. I did not want to have to reinstall as I've already had to buy a second license (of t-raid, already have one for raid-f... so make that 3 paid for licenses already) a few years back after they refused to renew the first one... which is unheard of in the software world - you buy once, you keep using it. It's the same storage server and same data, motherboards die off, drives die off, OS' become corrupt and obsolete. ..If you're going to limit initial purchases to specific versions, so be it, but at least allow me me use the old, unsupported version for an unlimited time. By limiting licenses they are forcing obsoleteness upon their non-existent customer base.  Shameful behavior.

Can you imagine if Office 2013 stopped being able to be reinstalled after your HDD or motherboard dies... or... because it's now 2018 and the developer has decided he wants to just make more money via forced obsolescence? Of course not, it's insane.

So trying to avert a FOURTH MONETARY EXPENDITURE ON FLEXRAID I spent several hours troubleshooting the BSOD instead of just blowing the OS install, reinstalling FlexRAID and being back to work - something which is possible with LITERALLY every single alternative product.

It's sad that Brahim has decided to neglect this product, but he comes across as being very lackadaisical and myopic about what it takes to support a software product, any product really, but especially one that pretends to protect its users' data. It's a hell of a gamble to place on a wholly unsupported DATA PROTECTION product.

My take is that he tried to monetize this too quickly, got burned out quickly and only surreptitiously responds to a random forum post or two, just to keep the license renewal money coming in...

SAD state at FlexRAID...

Even sadder is I'm looking at alternatives - UNRAID seems pretty sweet.
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