In order to better support our growing community we've set up a new more powerful forum.
The new forum is at: http://community.covecube.com
The new forum is running IP.Board and will be our primary forum from now on.
This forum is being retired, but will remain online indefinitely in order to preserve its contents. This forum is now read only.
I have been on the trial and found it to be vital in determining what was really going on with 3 (yes 3) Seagate drives that were going bad all at once. I recently added a 2TB WD drive (the second one in an eventual set of 4) and had actually added it to DrivePool before deciding that I'd be OCD and scan the drive instead of just looking at the smart data. I've gotten a bit complacent over new drives as I've never encountered a problem before.
The brand new drive had 22 bad sectors! The Smart data was all good, but WD's tests confirmed that it was a defective drive. I was able to remove it from the pool, and I'll have a replacement on Monday.
I could have downloaded the tester and done this by hand in the first place, but this add-in gives you a convenient way to stay on top of the drive's condition automatically. This add-in is worth every penny, and you can bet I'm buying it now.