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  1. Hello there, Recently upgraded to 6.7.2 after being on V5 for far too many years. I only have four plugins - CA, CA Fix Problems, Cache Directories, Tips and Tweaks. Since the upgrade, I have had a strange problem. My HTPC keeps freezing for about 2 minutes within the first ten minutes of turning my server on. In the KodiTV log I was getting "WARNING: CDVDMessageQueue(audio)::Get - asked for new data packet, with nothing available." The unraid server log was showing nothing. Today, while writing new data to my server after turning it on, I noticed the same thing - the system would freeze after about ten minutes - and then become available again after approx 2 minutes. Looking at the unRAID log again I saw "Delaying execution of fix common problems scan for 10 minutes" It would appear the Fix Common Problems scan (after waiting 10 minutes) is the culprit. For some reason it completely locks my unRAID server system (and my HTPC) for the duration. Is there a reason it does this? Is there a way to delay the first scan even further (say to scan after 1 hour), which is a time I am not generally watching the server. At this point I think my best option is to remove the plugin to see if this issue will resolve. I thought I would ask questions first before I do so. Thanks muchly.
  2. The drive rebuild without incident and completed after 25 hours. The next step is the copy the data from my next small drive so it is free to upgrade to xfs.
  3. Thanks for this. That makes a lot of sense. So non-correcting it is. I've only started recently doing non-correcting as that has always been the default of unRAID. However, after reading many posts on the subject, I figured a non-correcting one was at times good practice. I was thinking that the new writes to the new disk needed to be checked (after the fact) to confirm that the writes were all successful. However, my thinking is probably suspect as I certainly don't know a lot about these things. If I think on it further, I guess unRAID will somehow tell me of failed writes - probably in the GUI??. I have never had one (touch wood) so I'm not sure of the process. @John_M - It is only as you've pointed this out that I realised I always thought they were the same thing. However, this is now clear to me they are not. Sometimes I realise how thick I really am! 😵 My rebuild is progressing - currently at 17.1% after 4h51m. Once this is done, I plan to copy data from a small drive, then rebuild that small drive to a larger drive using the XFS file system. This is a first for me - and even scarier than rebuilding a drive!! 😬 Really appreciate the input.
  4. When the rebuild is complete, should the parity sync after the rebuild be correcting or non-correcting?
  5. Greetings, Read the wiki and relative forum pages as it's been quite a while since I upgraded a drive. The wiki isn't absolutely clear on the exact procedure, but I followed some forum posts etc and things seemed to work. The main problem was the wiki never said anything about unassigning the old drive - or having to assign the replacement drive. Nor did it mention how long it would take the array to start once the "Start" array button was clicked. It took quite some time (many minutes) for the array to come on line. Now I'm a little confused that it says ParitySync / Data Rebuild. I think in V5 in just said "rebuild" next to the drive?? 1 - Parity sync run previously 2 - Backup Flash 3 - Install new drive 4 - Start server 5 - Assign replacement drive 6 - Start Array 7 - Watch as drive rebuilds Everything was looking great until it reached 0.6% - then the GUI stopped updating. The elapsed time is going up, but nothing out is increasing. Been sitting at 0.6% for over 15 minutes. Why?? Update: As I was typing this, the GUI suddenly updated and it is now at 1.5%. I'm new to 6.7.2 as I've only recently upgraded - so when weird things like this happen it makes me nervous. Any insights?? Need some hand holding 😳 An observation...I got a message from CA saying there was something up (red box), but I'm confident is that there is a new version available (hence the result of the message). However, I noticed the CPU was about 60-70 utilized as long as I was watching - now it's only 25-30%. Very strange. I wonder if CA was doing something in the background to cause this? I noticed the GUI had responded again by the time I had noticed the CPU utilization was down.
  6. Thanks for the comments about my CPU. I think I'll have to wait for a new server to start exploring the world of VM's. My upgrade to V6 has been working very well. RAM use is around 49-51% according to the dashboard. I have still to carry out a parity check. Not sure if this will increase use or not?? I can confirm that "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" does NOT powerdown the server gracefully as it did in the "Powerdown" plugin. It does in fact reboot the server (gracefully). I found this out one night when I inadvertently tried to shutdown the server using "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" - I have been using this for so long and I was running on auto-pilot - forgot about the power button. 🤣
  7. Disappointing. Doesn't surprise me though as my machine is fairly old. I was thinking that perhaps it would be nice to be able to run a VM of another OS or something so I don't have to run them on my pc. Oh well...who knows what will happen it the future! The next thing is still some extra RAM. As a pensioner, have to be careful of the pennies 🙁
  8. Thank you for this. Makes a lot of sense. Seems it was enabled by default. I have disabled it and there was an option to delete it in V6. I made a backup of all the other folders and files and then made them hidden. At least I don't have to see them. unRAID was reporting my Asus P5B-E does not have Intel VT-x tech - but I found a post that says it must be turned on in the bios. Could be processor dependent though?? I have setup all my security and managed to get it sorted at this point. So good to go. Really appreciate all the assistance. It's been fantastic. Thank you
  9. Hello, I need some further explanation of these extra folders placed on one of my HDD's during the V6 upgrade (appdata, domains, isos, and system.) Not sure if unRAID 6 added them, but I only noticed them after I installed CA. I was told they are part of the new system - and if I didn't want to see them, I should set export to "no" However, export is already set to "no" and they are plainly visible as a user share. Why?? The docker one has a 20gb img file in it. Do I need it? 20 Gb is like 6-10 movies of space. What happens if I delete them? Surely the system is smart enough to re-create them if or when they are needed. If ever? I don't use dockers, so that one is definitely not needed. Any further suggestions? Thanks.
  10. I thought that's what the issue was. One day I'll get changed over to xfs. I have re-seated the HDD and the cables. Probably too early to see any change if one is going to happen. I'll keep an eye on it.
  11. Thanks for telling me that. I didn't know you could see it. At least its on for me now. Good point on the RAM. I'll do some reading. Thanks
  12. @Frank1940 - MB manual is a good idea. Should have thought that myself. Doh! As the the "dockers" part - you are clear this is an English forum aren't you 😁. I have a lot to study up on. I'll try and sort out my RAM first. That'll mean some time as I'll have to import it. I've had a very quick look at the dockers (I have installed CA), but I didn't see anything that I was initially interested in. A lot of the names are meaningless to me anyway. Need to spend some time learning. I've only ever written to the disk shares (actually never thought of writing via the user shares). I like to put my content where I want it. I have thought about turning export on and off on the disk shares, but it adds another level of complexity I'm not sure I want (or remember). I'll give the login window in explorer a go without checking that box. I guess once I login into the disk share, it'll stay open for that session (meaning until I reboot). I have to setup the security levels as well., but that is a matter of time and experiment as it is still all alien to me. Never did know about the disk shares bug (but I'll try and keep it on the radar). Memory isn't what it used to be!! 😭 You will probably see I figured the signature thing and it is now on. Thanks muchly.
  13. @Hoopster - thanks to the insight. I looked for that signature setting and didn't find it. Now I have it turned on. Kudos to Frank for this as well. My server has 2x 1gb RAM sticks (2 slots still empty). I am thinking I will get 4x2Gb sticks (total 8gb) to future proof. Do I need to worry about the numbers in the RAM - like 667, 533, etc. Cost is ALWAYS a factor? As for dockers, I don't really know what they are used for - or how I can use them. Lots of people here have really tricky systems - way beyond my technical level. I always wanted something simple - but things change and perhaps a docker can offer something I haven't considered.
  14. @testdasi - all very good points. All my drive are WD (mostly green, a few reds), but the last one I brought was a Seagte as it was cheaper than the others. I've had a good run out of WD. Once the Seagate was in the server, I noticed a strange little noise when a drive spun up or down. I'm assuming it is the SGate. Currently have a high error count on the Sgate (have another post), but it's debatable if this is an issue or not. The WD drives don't have the same smart registers as the Sgate. Appreicate the input. Cheers
  15. here I thought this was the case, but this was doing it even when the drive was only half full - even when the space on the drive was more than this. AS I said above, would like to migrate away, but it'll take more expense and some planning. Currently all my SATA ports are used. I need a spare slot to format a drive as xfs. Maybe some day. Waiting to hear back what the supplier thinks of this suspect drive. Edit: I was reading another thread and more websites today (Having more time) and the unRAID thread mentioned an ill-seated SATA cable. I'll re-seat the cable, but I also have hot swap boxes, so I'll re-seat the drive as well. Perhaps this will help?? 2nd Edit: As I suspected, the drive supplier got back to me with an RMA request - they want the drive back before anything is done. I can't send the drive back until I have a replacement - and there is also the possibility it isn't even defective. I'll re-seat the cables etc and see what the result is first. I did find this link here which is interesting. I think I'll listen to the advice and take a wait and see attitude.
  16. Yes. All my server is. I would like to migrate away to xfs (don't really know what this is), but it will take some effort.
  17. Greetings, Just wondering what hard drives people are using. Most people seem to go for the cheapest (that's my response), but is one brand better than another?? I've had a really good run with WD greens (EARX, EFRX) (2,4 and 6tb). My last drive was a Seagate ST6000VN0041 ...but it's suddenly showing some unusual numbers on some of the fields under smart. I've requested a replacement. Seems some of these drives are better rated for NAS options than others. I've been freaking out how expensive they are - especially some of the smaller sizes now. Makes it real expensive to have a spare on standby. Looking at my options here in New Zealand, I found something called a WD Purple. HDD manufacturers sure like colours? Are there any preferences? Does rotational speed make any real difference? Cheers
  18. @itimpi - I searched online and the view was that these sorts of numbers meant the drive was failing - so I'm very glas for your input. I have no idea about such things as I been very lucky with HDD's What I do know is that writing to that drive takes a long time to start (the very first write) - usually the network timeout happens first - but the unRAID gui shows the hard is being constantly read - but NOT written too. This has been troubling, but I thought it was something to do with the reiserfs system and large drives. Writing to this drive can take many minutes to start, but once it has, all consecutive write seems to happen without a hitch...until the day I start a write. I have sent the smart info to my purchase store and requested a replacement. Time will tell if they think its suspect. Really appreciate the help.. I should have a spare drive on tap - but you know how it is 🙄
  19. Greetings, Not sure if this is in the right place but it did say "Disk Issues" Just upgraded to V6. Was reviewing the smart info on my drives. I've never been able to see the smart info for 6Tb drives in V5 under unmenu (and couldn't seem to update unmenu). Seagate ST6000VN0041 - 6tb drive @ 6188 hours showing... Raw read error rate = 55158135 Command timeout = 4295032833 Hardware ECC recovered = 55158135 This seems bad and searching seems to indicate the same thing. It is still under warranty (supposedly had 3 years) (Actually my newest and least full drive) The smart info is included. Appreciate any assistance. Thanks Question, if the HDD fails during a parity check...will that void the parity info? I ask this because I am due for another parity check and probably would be a good idea if I need it to rebuild this drive. tower-smart-20190815-1904.zip
  20. Frank - Thanks for the help They are in the Disk Share Security settings (one place I noticed them). If I read the help properly, I think they are for copying security settings between drives so you don't have to change them all individually. That help thingee is great. I'll have to remember it. One downside is that there is no help on the users page. I'm still trying to understand this part of it. I never played with this at all in V5. Okay...so I set one of my disk shares (I always write directly to the disk so I control where everything is) to secure. When I tried to write to that disk via Windows explorer, I was told via a dialog box that I needed permission. How do I get permission?? I am guessing I have to set up a user to do this?? Once I do that, I'm assuming I'll have to give myself credentials or something. How does my windows machine know what user I am? I suppose I have to tell it via the dialog box. Okay, I just set up a "user" and figured out how it works. I gives me the option on the windows dialog box to remember login info. Should I check that box? Will my windows machine remember them across a reboot? If I change these settings I'm going to have to go and change my little ion htpc settings to access the shares. That'll be interesting. Haven't looked in there for years. This is why I don't touch things when its working. 👴👴 👴 Being this is tough! Thanks Frank for the explanation of the security things above. It helped. I think I'm slowly getting it sorted. Really appreciated. Cheers PS - these double scroll bars on the forum are wicked!
  21. Wow...never thought it would still be available (never looked though). Looks like I'll have to import though as I can't find any locally. Be nice to have some extra RAM - now available that unRAID is 64bit. Can I use what's in the server already and just add more, or should I get new RAM that is all the same brand (type)?? How did you know what MB I have? I thought I had it on a signature, but I don't see that on this forum
  22. Hey Frank. Yeah...quite stressful. V5 was working perfectly for me (for years), so I wasn't keen to touch it - but I read Tom's comment on V5, so thought it was time to get it sorted. I have my head around most things. Just the security side of it now. Although, with that in place (while more secure) makes managing the system much more difficult. Hell...reading about having root pasworded means you have to log in and out of the unRAID webgui. And ...you would have to do this every time you write to the server wouldn't you. Sounds damn painful - but probably not as painful as someone messing with my content. I'm hoping my 2Gb of RAM is enough. Not sure I could find more cause my server is old (2007). It is a basic NAS. Thanks for the insight into the "GUI Upgrade". I'll make sure the array is stopped, then give it a try. I guess it will crash if there isn't enough RAM to sustain it?? No longer using the Promise TX4 cards. Made my system a lot slower, and when HDD's got large enough, I've managed to reduce the number (16xHDD's down to 8x) so I no longer needed them. They are still in the server though. I do use one of them if I want to preclear a new drive - but that hasn't happened it years. However...in saying that, I'll be up for a new HDD soon, and I guess I'll want to use it then. All my HDD's run off the MB's SATA ports (8x). Eventually, I'd like to get down to 1x parity, 3x HDD's - but large drives are so expensive here in New Zealand. Seems at this stage I am through the scary part of it - thank goodness. Time will tell. My only issue now is trying to figure out how to use the "user" part of unRAID. Not sure I fully understand these - or how they should be set up. I'm worried if I change something now, my system will stop working and it will be difficult to write, (or even read) the server from other computers. I'm afraid I don't really like to experiment - as if I stuff it up, I don't have anyone that can sort it out for me. Guess I'll have too 🙄. One question I do have...ON the right-hand side of the GUI (on numerous pages) toward the top of the page there is a little box (or two) with arrows either side of it that says something like select (with a dropdown box). My server isn't on right now to see it. What are these for?? Thanks for the help. Always appreciated.
  23. @itimpi - you sound like a real techhead 🥰 . I'd like to be, but too expensive for a pensioner 😭. Everything is more wife friendly as well. Yep...did my first power button press last night. The system beeped a couple of times and the server was off really quickly - much faster than V5 using C+A+D. I will get used to it. My server has both keyboard and monitor, but I rarely use them...and my phone is off at 7:30pm. Just as easy to press the button. Now...if you could tell me how to turn it OFF via the gui of KodiTV - then that would be something. I vaguely remember there was a script around years ago that let you do this. Not sure what happened to it. Yes...I plan on just running a basic NAS. Don't need it to be any more than that, Notifications (I think they are on), but I don't have email notifications set up. Should I? I have installed CA (used it to install cache_dirs) Was looking a Fix Common Problems thingee last night as well, but worried about my 512mb USB...and only 2Gb RAM. My MB is old (2007) so doubt I can find suitable RAM now. Really appreciate the help. Cheers.
  24. @itimpi, Really appreicate the insight here and the time you've taken to comment. I haven't really followed the release of V6 at all, so it was a major upgrade for me - one I found rather stressful to be honest. The info you need is ALL over the forum and various places. Guess I'm going to have to try Ctrl+Alt+Delete on my own. I don't want to have to fire up my personal pc, or the server monitor etc to shut down the server via CLi (or gui), so I used Ctrl+Alt+Delete as part of the Clean Powerdown plugin exclusively. I hope it works, but I guess a parity check will be the result it it doesn't - or perhaps a reboot. I've found V6 to be somewhat complex to V5. I run a very simple setup (that's how I want it) and now there seems to be several orders of complexity over V5. I guess in time I will become increasingly familiar with it. I really do struggle to understand some of the terms and how they work, and I don't like experimenting because there is always the concern I will screw something up. Yeah...I'll check out the help in V6. Forgot about that. 1 more question if I may. The "system" folder added to one of my HDD's has a 20+gb docker?? img file in there. Do I need it? Again...thanks muchly