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Snapshot RAID / does resume work yet?
« on: December 04, 2014, 12:40:23 am »
I've had to settle on using Snapraid for now because I cannot seem to resume a partial Create process. Snapraid's resume works perfectly for me and I can even control how often the state is saved to resume. I can reboot nearly as often as I want during Create without losing much parity creation time.

So why am I here if another application suits my needs? Because I now want a software pool (JBOD) function and it seems that Flexraid may have the best one available currently. So once again I am left considering a purchase of the full Flexraid product. If I am going to use what used to be called Flexraid View then it would be nice if I could use a fully compatible parity system as well.

So has anything changed in the past year since I last tested the software? Can I reboot and resume a partial create process and if so how much parity creation time will I lose? If I let Create run for 30 minutes and then Abort and reboot will I have to start over from the beginning or will I have 30 minutes worth of parity data already there?

Unlike Snapraid, Flexraid doesn't seem to have a resume feature. Pause doesn't survive reboots. So it's of limited value. I have to leave my machine running in a single OS for at least 50 hours to create a snapshot. That isn't easy to do. I find myself having to build a second computer to actually use while Flexraid works undisturbed. This is less than ideal and Snapraid is clearly superior in this regard. So why be second best? Please implement a robust resume feature as soon as possible. I cannot think of any function that is more important for software like this.

General Discussion / resume failed create but it just says "running"
« on: November 18, 2013, 04:49:14 pm »
I was about 26 hours into a 50 hour estimated create and I had to reboot. So I used "abort" and then when it finished I rebooted and then hit "resume failed create". The gui just says "running" with no other feedback as to whether anything is actually going on. "Create", "Resume Failed Create", and "Re-Create" buttons all seem to be pressable. Is this what is supposed to happen? Is my create being resumed from somewhere around 26 hours in? Is there any way I can check to see if anything is actually happening?

I just downloaded the trial version of RAID-F and attempted to start a create process. At first I tried this with 10 DRUs and 3 PPUs. That seemed to work fine and I aborted at around 38%. Then I tried to add 2 more PPUs for a total of 5 PPUs, but this time when I pressed "Create" I get a license exception error. I'm quite ready to purchase a license, but first I'd like to see if flexraid will work for me.

edit: On the web client page I went into System Control Panel -> Reset Activation and then requested another trial license. That seems to have stopped the licensing exception error at least for now.

General Discussion / one license for both windows and linux?
« on: April 01, 2013, 07:22:49 pm »
I dual boot between windows and linux. I use linux most of the time, but also frequently boot into Windows XP or 7. Will I need to buy two licenses in order to run flexraid from both OSes on a single machine?

Snapshot RAID / How do I enable the flexraid recycle bin?
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:20:22 pm »
I cannot find any option for it in the web ui. I have disabled the windows recycle bin for all of my drives. I am using the windows version of snapshot raid in expert mode. I am not currently using drive pooling.

Storage Pooling / difficulty understanding explicit merge definitions
« on: February 01, 2013, 01:11:09 am »
I have read but I still don't understand how this mode works.

The first view you define has to be the root view (-driveLetter:\).
After you’ve defined the root view, you can then define its sub views.

What is a view? What is a root view? What is a sub view?

- specifies the containing folder (Ex: -K:\)
What do you mean by containing folder? Can you give an example?

|-* means, merge this path into the containing folder
What does it mean to merge a path? Can you give an example?

|-+ means add this path as an element of the containing folder
What does it mean to add a path? Can you give an example? What is an element of a folder? Can you give an example? What is the difference between merging a path and adding a path?

|-<…> defines a virtual folder (which is always a child of the containing folder)
A virtual folder only exists through FlexRAID-View and is used to virtually organize your data without cluttering your filesystem.

Huh? I thought all folders in a pool were virtual? What is the difference between a virtual folder and a path to a folder that is either added or merged? What is Flexraid-View and how else can non-virtual folders be viewed?

I started the create process, but 90 minutes in my computer shut itself down. It may have been a brief power failure. I rebooted and deleted the parity data and started a new create process. I didn't see any way to resume. Is there a way to resume a create if it was interrupted due to a power failure? The process looks like it will take about 24 hours. I'd hate to get 23 hours in and then not be able to resume if something goes wrong.

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