User Manual
StableBit DrivePool 2.X
A state of the art disk pooling application with file duplication.

UI Overview

(Build 555)

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Responsive Design

You can start the StableBit DrivePool user interface from the start menu. One of the first things that you'll notice is the compact nature of it.

This is the Vertical UI. But if you prefer a more horizontal experience, then just expand the window in width and the UI will automatically change into the Horizontal UI.

In addition to having a different layout, the horizontal UI also has some additional features:

  • Buttons for maximizing or minimizing the window.

  • The ability to sort your pooled disks in various ways.

  • The Performance UI pane.

Settings

This menu allows you to control the following settings:

  • Notifications

    • Notifications show up in the Windows system tray menu on the desktop and you can set up email notifications from here as well.

      Email notifications are dispatched using our paid account with Amazon cloud services and we do not save the email address that you enter on our servers.

  • Allow remote control

    • This completely disables or enables the remote control feature of StableBit DrivePool. See Remote Control for more information.

  • Check for new versions

    • When enabled, StableBit DrivePool will periodically check for new versions and notify you via a tray icon on the desktop if a new version is found.

      You will be given the choice to download and install the newer version.

  • Manage license...

    • This opens the licensing system which allows you to activate or deactivate your current copy of StableBit DrivePool.

  • Troubleshooting

    • Enable boot time logging...

      • Generates a binary trace file for submission to technical support.

    • Enable file system logging

      • Generates a binary trace file of file system activity while this is checked for submission to technical support.

    • Reset all settings...

      • This will reset all StableBit DrivePool settings to their defaults. Pool / folder duplication settings will not be affected.

Remote Control

When Remote Control is enabled, the bar on top brings down a list of computers on the LAN that are running StableBit DrivePool. Selecting a computer will allow you to remotely manage the copy of StableBit DrivePool that's running on that system.

The bar will pulse with a blue color when you're controlling a remote peer.

See Remote Control for more details.

Pool Selection Bar

The pool selection allows you to switch the UI among the various pools that you've created. The last item in the pool selection bar is always the option to create a new pool.

Pool Usage Pie Chart

The pool usage pie chart shows you how the disk space of the current pool is being used.

Pie slices:

  • Unduplicated

    • The amount of disk space being used by unprotected files.

  • Duplicated

    • The amount of disk space being used by files with a duplication level of at least 2x.

      Note that this measurement includes all of the file parts of a protected file.

  • Other

    • This includes the disk space occupied by non-pooled files and things such as file system metadata.

  • Unusable for duplication

    • This is the amount of disk space that can't be used to store protected files.

      A simple example of a pool that has this listed would be a pool made up of 2 disks, a 250GB and a 1TB disk. In this case, only 250GB is usable for duplication and 750GB is not.

      The balancing system tries to minimize this number. See About Balancing for more information.

If the pie chart is not current (i.e the pool has not been measured yet), then you will see this icon:

A pool will be remeasured automatically after a disk is removed from the pool or after a Missing Disks comes back online.

Pool Options

The pool options menu controls per-pool settings. Each pool has its own set of pool options.

  • Performance

    • This controls I/O performance related settings. See Performance Options for more information.

  • File protection

    • This controls file duplication related settings. See File Protection for more information.

  • Balancing...

    • This controls balancing related settings. See About Balancing for more information.

  • Re-measure...

    • This will recompute all of the file statistics on the selected pool.