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Suggestions: manual entry of missing Hard Drive Serial Numbers, WireFrame 3D model physical location
Hi Alex, great podcast on thehomeserver show. http://homeservershow.com/the-home-server-show-140.html
It was great to hear directly from you (StableBit Employee# 0000000001). The show was very informative and I enjoyed learning about your complete background and way of thinking. Listening to you swayed me to try Stablebit DrivePool over DriveBender. (and I'll be buying Scanner as well, I'm sure)
I have few minor suggestions I'd love to see in Scanner/DrivePool. (or both?)
1) The ability to manually add the serial numbers of my drives if it they be queried via Scanner/DrivePool. When most of my drives are the same model number, and serial numbers don't show up, it's confusing to which drive I'm replacing or monitoring etc.
2) The ability to show a WireFrame 3D model of ALL hard drives in the shape they are physically for easy visual aid
(like the DiskManagement Add-in did on V1)
http://www.tentaclesoftware.com/products/whs/diskmanagementThis would compliment #1 above. (again manually adding serial number if it can't be queried)I realize I could just put stickers near each drive, but this is more fun! (and looks killer when showing off the server)The main reason is quick troubleshooting though so you know for sure where a drive is physically located. (all GUI)Who has time for stickers right?
More related details/question:
As you said, SMART info can't always be read on certain non standard USB to SATA controllers/chip sets Could the same be true about not being able to read serial numbers via drives in my ESATA external enclosure?
I have an HP EX495 running WHS 2011. I have an external 5 bay SansDigital enclosure hooked up via ESATA cable.http://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid/tr5mb.html
If I recall, any time I used a Drive info type Add-In for WHS V1, the app couldn't read the serial numbers on every drive. (including Scanner, SMART, among others) My theory is that somehow the serial number is not able to be queried via ESATA to the SansDigital. I never had time to investigate which drives were not showing serial numbers, but I'm pretty sure it was ones in the SansDigital.
I recently had the WHS V1 OS drive crash on my EX495. Trying to recover failed so I said F'it and put WHS 2011 on it. The USB install didnt work, so I read I can pre-install WHS 2011 on another machine and than transplant it. So I hooked up a new spare drive to my regular desktop machine, installed WHS 2011, turned it off right before the first reboot mid-install. I then put the drive in my EX495 and it booted up, finishing the install headless! (was able to http://media/connect) Success I'm up and running.
Now that I'm on WHS 2011 I'm excited to get Drive Pool capability back. I was able to get all my data back from the hidden DE shares on the old DE drives. (plus I have backups elsewhere) Lucky for me I have a whole box of spare RMA'd 1.5 & 2TB drives thanks to a friends server business (he can't re-use)
Question, can we add drives to the pool that have existing data on them? It would save many many hours of copy/transfer time if we can. My videos / ISO's are split between 4 drives right now, so hopefully I can combine them with ease. If not, oh well I'm ready! I think I'll wait for M3 so I have the minimal functionality I need. (namely default folder redirection)
One final low priority request:3) Maybe you can add a WHS Add-in so we can run Seagate SeaTools (or other OEM RMA scanners) via WHS? This is probably a bit much to ask since it's not that hard to run it via Remote Desktop etc. I'm thinking maybe a simple link you can click on and the SeaTools app passed through the dashboard (as if it was remote access) It seems the new server remote access has more options for something such as this maybe?
Ok well I didn't mean to ramble on and on here but thanks! (looking forward to testing starting with M3)