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Solutions to certain RAID-F issues

Invalid state: not enough usable space for parity!

This message usually tells of configuration or data issues. Configuration issues Here are some things to keep in mind: Your parity drives must be larger than your largest data drive. When spanning your data drives (if you are), ensure than the combined space is less or equal to the parity space. On Windows, verify that  Full Article…

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HOWTO: Resolve issues with corrupted file reports

If FlexRAID reports one or more files as corrupted, they likely suffered what is known as data rot or bit rot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit_rot. The first thing you need to do is manually check the reported files and ensure that they are really corrupted. Sometimes, the files are actually not corrupted and the false positive would be  Full Article…

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ERROR: Manage error!

If you get this error, it means you chose not to start the FlexRAID service after install. Navigate to \ext and run the UserMode.cmd file.

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How to create a CruiseControl RAID config using existing parity data

This scenario is valid only if: – You have not re-installed your OS – You don’t have a copy of your configuration database – The copy of your configuration that is on your PPU is somehow missing Otherwise, please follow this guide instead (minus the restore section): http://wiki.flexraid.com/2012/03/24/how-do-i-restore-if-i-lose-both-my-os-drive-and-a-data-drive-and-dont-have-backups-of-my-raid-config/ This guide is also helpful: http://wiki.flexraid.com/2012/03/25/how-do-i-add-my-drive-back-to-the-pool-after-re-installing-my-os/ To  Full Article…

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How do I add my drive back to the pool after re-installing my OS?

If you re-install your OS and copy over your configuration database from backup, you drives will show up as missing in the Drive Manager while showing up as available for pooling in the lower section. Important: the first PPU drive must be the first drive to be reinstated. The process will fail if you don’t  Full Article…

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How do I restore if I lose both my OS drive and a data drive and don’t have backups of my RAID config?

If you are in the unique case whereas you lost a drive and at the same time you lost your OS and don’t have a backup of your configuration database, all is not lost. However, you will need to follow the steps below: 1. Import your configuration, which is stored on the first PPU.    Full Article…

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Linux: drives not showing up

1. Read: http://wiki.flexraid.com/2011/06/04/tips-flexraid-storage-pooling-under-linux/ 2. You might need to restart if the changes are not immediate.

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Advanced SMART configurations

Both smartctl path and type mappings can be changed in FlexRAID if you have an advanced system configuration. Advanced configurations are done on the advanced tab of the smart monitoring UI. 1. Path mappings: Takes the form of: <MountPoint>=<DEV PATH> Ex: D:\=/dev/sdb Consult http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/man/smartctl.8.html for all the options for your OS (very first section that  Full Article…

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WARN: Could not disable recycle bin settings for drive X

Part I: If you get this error, it is because you are missing a registry key. Please add the following registry entry to your system: For 32 bit Windows: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket For 64 bit Windows: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\BitBucket It needs to be a registry folder (not a DWORD). In a DOS prompt run: For 32 bit Windows: REG  Full Article…

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