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D:\shares RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I've read on this forum a couple of times that you shouldn't access
    your shared files through D:\shares, instead you should use \\<server>\Videos e.g.
    even on the server itself.

    Could someone explain why ?

    When I RDP into my server (I know it is not supported), moving a file
    using \\<server> paths seems to be analogue to moving files between
    drives, i.e. first a copy then a remove. Using D:\shares a normal NTFS move
    seems to happen.


    If I have moved files and directories around using D:\shares paths,
    what could happen ?

    If that has caused any damage, how could I fix it ?


    thanks in advance

    Per
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 7:37 AM

Answers

  • The way the drive extender and share duplication technology works you can get into touble accessing the d:\shares folder directly. I know it's tempting, especially since copying/moving files between two folders are so much faster than two shares. But doing so is asking for trouble and you might end up with file-conflicts or in worst case loose some data.


    HP MediaSmart EX475, 2GB ram, 2x512 + 1x120 GB storage. Author of WHS File Manager Add-In, WHS Jungle Disk Add-in and WHS Media Connect Configuration Add-in. http://blog.paks.no/whs-add-ins/
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:58 AM
  • In D:\shares Windows Home Server stores usually only tombstones, which point to the real location of the files (which is on one or more disks in the hidden folder DE). This is the method to control duplication and to distribute data over multiple disks within the storage pool.
    If you now copy files directly to that location, those cannot be handled as tombstones and will cause trouble as soon as one of the mentioned functionalities is involved.
    For more details please read the Drive Extender technical brief from the Windows Home Server support site.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Saturday, April 18, 2009 11:18 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • The way the drive extender and share duplication technology works you can get into touble accessing the d:\shares folder directly. I know it's tempting, especially since copying/moving files between two folders are so much faster than two shares. But doing so is asking for trouble and you might end up with file-conflicts or in worst case loose some data.


    HP MediaSmart EX475, 2GB ram, 2x512 + 1x120 GB storage. Author of WHS File Manager Add-In, WHS Jungle Disk Add-in and WHS Media Connect Configuration Add-in. http://blog.paks.no/whs-add-ins/
    Saturday, April 18, 2009 10:58 AM
  • In D:\shares Windows Home Server stores usually only tombstones, which point to the real location of the files (which is on one or more disks in the hidden folder DE). This is the method to control duplication and to distribute data over multiple disks within the storage pool.
    If you now copy files directly to that location, those cannot be handled as tombstones and will cause trouble as soon as one of the mentioned functionalities is involved.
    For more details please read the Drive Extender technical brief from the Windows Home Server support site.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf

    Saturday, April 18, 2009 11:18 AM
    Moderator
  • OK, thank you both for your explanation.

    regards

    Per
    Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:08 AM