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  1. I went to MicroCenter and bought a new USB3 external hard drive dock.


    I figured I'd be wasting my money so I unpackaged it very carefully.


    Not ONE problem copying files back ever since.  There's no reason why two older docks shouldn't work and this one does.  I can only imagine, somehow, there's a limiter on the size of the hard drive or on the NAS end of it.  We're talking only 6TB.


    AND the really sad thing was, all because a couple of movies weren't playing correctly.  KODI playback configuration needed a change and everything plays as it should.


    I went completely stupid TWICE.  

  2. On 1/3/2020 at 8:34 AM, RickInHouston said:

    Well, it fixed it, it seems.  


    I went by my office and got a different external USB case (not really a case, but hard drive drop in).  I could not get the backup drive to be recognized.  My Windows 10 computer would ding but no explorer window opening the drive.  I moved the drive to a different USB port on my Razer laptop.  BOOM.  Drive found.  Copies like before.  No IO errors with windows copy.  Will re-download Teracopy to see if I get the createiocompletionport error (but I doubt I will).


    So to whoever is getting this error.  Check every part of your connection.  Mine was the USB dock AND USB port it was plugged into.



    Back to not working, again.  I'm shutting it all down and walking away from it.  I can't find a work-around to rebuilding my unraid server from my backups.  I'm done with this.  Very frustrating.

  3. 20 minutes ago, trurl said:

    Your approach to fixing these issues doesn't make much sense, to me at least.

    Well, it fixed it, it seems.  


    I went by my office and got a different external USB case (not really a case, but hard drive drop in).  I could not get the backup drive to be recognized.  My Windows 10 computer would ding but no explorer window opening the drive.  I moved the drive to a different USB port on my Razer laptop.  BOOM.  Drive found.  Copies like before.  No IO errors with windows copy.  Will re-download Teracopy to see if I get the createiocompletionport error (but I doubt I will).


    So to whoever is getting this error.  Check every part of your connection.  Mine was the USB dock AND USB port it was plugged into.

  4. I, too, am getting this error all the sudden.


    I upsized a disk, overpopulated and found stuttery performance.  I deleted all files and am now copying back over from my good backup.  Failure errors abound.


    Can't figure out why.


    I'm wondering if it's the router.  Had a short in my home wiring and it tripped a breaker.  Not sure, but internet has been slightly won't.  Have been watching The Crown from unfair and never a glitch.


    How can I tell my router needs replacing?  They are so expensive, now.

  5. Long and short of it.  I've swapped 3 3TB drives for 6TB drives over the past ?year?.  I watch mostly the newer movies I add to the array, but when I went to watch an old movie (that was re-populated through parity rebuild) it was stuttering.  I realized more that one movie didn't play smoothly.  I, now, don't feel comfortable that unraid repopulated the data correctly (maybe not true, but...).  Decided it wasn't worth troubleshooting since I have a full backup of each disk.


    So, now, I'm deleting a disk, one at a time, and copying the movies back onto the drive.   Since I have backups, I've decided to un-assign parity (speed isn't that much faster, so in hindsight I would not recommend doing that nor would I have done it).  


    Question - my parity drive, when I re-assign it back into the array, will flip out some things have changed while others have stayed the same.  Should I just let it go through a party check and fix it all or should I delete all the parity data (through pre-clear utility, I guess) and let unraid rebuild from scratch???


    I don't know why the array seems screwed up, a bit, but putting fresh copies of everything seems like the best move, at this point. 

  6. I Had a 3TB drive in my array.  I replaced it with a 6TB drive.  After adding a few movies on it I realized the drive was bad (movie files wouldn't play or would act finicky).  I replaced the drive and did a rebuilt.


    I'm realizing the bad files were now merely copied to the new drive as bad files.  I do have a separate backup of these movies.


    So, do I...


    Simply select all the files in the drive and delete them.  Then copy my backup drives data to the empty drive?  Seems like this really clutters things.  Is there a better way of wiping this drive clean and starting over? 


    Thank you for any help you can provide,



  7. I bumped up my parity to a larger drive.  Installed it and rebuilt parity.


    Then I decided to convert all drives to xfs from Reiserfs.  I decided to remove my parity drive since I had all files backed up on a second set of drives. It halved the copy process, thank goodness.  


    Should I zero out the larger parity drive before I re-install it to get a 'clean' rebuild?  Can I do this through the preclear plugin?  Not run preclear but set it to write all zeroes (I know the drive is good) to speed the clearing process of the drive?


    Thank you for all the help, so far.  Almost there!

  8. I stopped the array.  I unassigned parity. 


    AND I did New Config and clicked all data disks (and not parity disk).  Apply and Done.


    I got an email notification Parity disk missing.  Parity in error state.


    Lastly, when I went back in screen it stated there were four screens running (the rsync copies that had finished).  I couldn't figure out how to get to each one and stop them.  Could you tell me the screen -r??? script to go to each one and then the script to officially stop them?


    I'm not feeling as comfortable about this as I had been but I do like the idea of it going faster...

  9. So I could:


    Stop the array.

    Mark parity as having 'no device'

    Start the array.

    Use the rsync script (rsync -avPX /mnt/disk10/ /mnt/disk11/).

    Format the old ReiserFS copied drive to XFS and copy another old ReiserFS... again and again.

    Then run parity when finished?  This sounds so much easier and faster.  I wonder how much faster a 3TB drive would copy within the array.  With parity syncing it takes about 24 hours for each drive.

  10. So now that I'm squarely in the middle of changing my unraid array's filesystem from ReiserFX to XFS, I've started looking ahead in the Wiki I am following.


    There's a mention at the end about deleting the final drive.  I didn't realize this would be such a big deal step.  It gets me wondering.?.  Why don't I just do all this converting without parity syncing so it will go much faster.  Then, when done, create a fresh new parity???


    I have all the movies backed up on disks at the office so if something where to go terribly wrong I could just start over (geez, what a horrible thought).  Should I do this?  Stop partiy and just change file systems, copy the files over for the remaining 5 (3TB) drives I have left and then re-establish parity?  Seems like this would be MUCH faster, not that faster is better...


    Bye, George I think I've got it!


    I have never used the 'New Config' tab before so that was all new to me. 


    Just in case anyone ever needs information on this.


    Stop the array.  Tools > New Cofig > Retain Current configuration > select ALL > Check, Yes, I want to do this, Apply, Done.


    I couldn't wrap my head around how parity was in sync with having just copied a drive to another drive.  I found the answer in another post that when you change the file system from ReiserFS to XFS for that old drive so it can now be used as the new swap drive, this switch to a different file system affectively zero's the drive and parity now is in sync as nothing is on the drive.  (So swapping the file system on a drive effectively deletes all contents on that drive."


    Hope this helps others...

  12. I'm making my way through it:




    Mirror Procedure to Convert Drives is the part I am following.  Currently in the 12 - 14 part.  I have stopped the array.  Physically swapped disks 1 and 12 with each other.  Gone back and assigned Slot1 as new 6TB and as XFS.  Assigned Slot12 as old 3TB and as ReiserFS.  I have started the array.  Slot 12 does not say it is unmounted or needs formatting so I need to figure that out and then I should be good to go...


    I just need to figure out how to make slot 12 disk (old 3TB drive) as needing formatting.  I can then format to XFS and use it as my new swap drive for another ReiserFS in the array.


    Let me see what I did wrong...


    Please start at the bottom of this thread.  I keep changing my quesitons during the process so I just add them to the end of the thread and adjust the title accordingly...




    I've copied a 3TB Reiserfs disk (I call it Disk1 in Slot1 of my unraid server) to a new swap disk (6TB XFS)  in Slot12.  


    I want to physically move the new new XFS 6TB disc to SLOT1 (keeps things cleaner, neater and easier to manage for me).


    Directions for Mirroring say:  10.  Stop the array; we are now going to swap the drive assignments.


    11.  Click on Tools, then New Config, then Retain current configuration...


    QUESTION:  Do I do anything for step 10 of is that just a statement of what I am about to do???  


    When can / do I physically move the newly copied 6TB disk to slot 1?


    I take it I should proceed this way:


    Stop the array.


    Physically move the two drive's positions.


    Do the new config tab...  and proceed with the rest of the instructions...


    As a side, I can suggest a few places for cleaner verbage to help with noobs like me.


  14. I'm impressed how easy unraid has become.


    I've rebuilt party, and am almost done preclearing a new drive for the array.




    I guess I don't see the true value in changing my file system for each drive.  I think I'll leave it all as it...  because...


    I am now at:  6TB parity drive / (11) 3TB data drives, two of these drives are new enough that they were written in xfs. 


    I first planned to (one at a time, as I need space) pull a 3TB filled drive and replace it with a 6TB new drive, rebuild data, and then have 3 more TBs of space without using an extra bay.  What I like about this scenario is that I have all the original data backed up on a 3TB drive at work and can use the removed 3TB drive as the additional backup disc for the new 6TB drive that has 3TBs of space to write to(brilliant!).


    But to change file systems I would have to:  keep the 3TB drive in the array, add the 6TB drive to the array, copy the data from the old drive to new drive (using parity, I would assume), then delete 3TB drive and remove it from the array.  This just sounds like it really gunks up the disc writing to my parity with the copying and deleting.  Wouldn't that be a bit scrambled disc management for the parity drive?

  15. I have a couple of quick questions:


    Running a SuperMicro 24 bay unraid.  I'm not full but all drives I currently have are 3TB.  I've decided to slowly move to 6TB.  I'm starting with my parity drive.  I've precleared it and am now rebuilding parity onto this new 6TB drive.


    1.  Can I run a preclear script on a new 6TB drive I will be using while parity is being rebuilt?  (just install into array, or do I need to stop the array (which I now realize I can't do since I'm rebuilding) - I forgot the step I took last night...  I'm old).

    2.  I plan to swap out a 3TB drive (that is fully written to) for a 6TB and have the 3TB info be rebuilt and then having 3TB of space.  Can I switch file formats at this time (from reiserfs to xfs)???


    Thanks for any answers to this.  I just LOVE the preclear script in V6 - thanks so much Joe L. wherever you are!

  16. IPMI plug in states it can only control Asus motherboards.? .  Is that true?  


    Any help in what setting would need to be changed in order to make the proper adjustments.  Fan control is grayed out and can't be adjusted.

  17. Unraid build with most current version.

    Norco 4U rack mount 24 drive enclosure.

    Noctua (NF-P12 PWN) fans and (NF-R8 PWM).

    SuperMicro MBD-X9SCM-F-O LGA 1155 Intel Micro ATX Intel Xeon E3 Server Motherboard.

    Intel E3-1230V2 LGA1155 Processor

    120mm fan wall bracket


    My fans, when server is idle for awhile, start cycling up and down in about a 15 second period.  Fans ramp up and then immediately ramp down.  Can this be stopped?  Sometimes with a shutdown and power up it stops until I access the server again.  I am in Texas where it's warmer than most places, but i'ts in a well ventilated space.




    Everything else about it works well.  It's just a bit annoying.

  18. Thank you, Baby Jesus, for this!


    I used to dread having to add a drive to my unraid.  I've wait and wait until it was absolutely necessary.  I'd have to re-read how to do it (because I'd forget between pre-clears).  It was always a pain in my butt.


    This plugin is a dream come true!  Thank you, thank you, thank you...

  19. I use my unraid mostly for Kodi movie storage.  I have several hard discs of movies, now.  Sometimes KODI scrapes wrong, no matter how clean I am with my file naming.  I know Kodi has an export feature where it will export the movie information into a folder of that movie's name.  BUT, unraid will generate new folders on a hard disc other there where the movie is stored if the movie is on a ~full disc.  I don't want that.  I figure I can have Kodi only browse a disc at a time (and not the share - say, disk 3 of my share that contains disk 1 2, 3, 4 and 5) and I can export the movie (and the info should only go into the specific drive since that's the only one Kodi is pointed to once I clean it up.)  Then I can move to another hard disk until all have been done.  This way all movie information is now in the original folder of the movie and future scrapes, if needed, and will be correct.


    I hope I'm being clear about this...


    Do others do this, or does it make sense that it will work?  (I did export once and had a folder for a movie on disc 2 and a folder with the movie information on disc 1 ... for hundreds of movies and it was quite a mess.  I don't want to have this happen again,