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Checkpoint: Plan C Edition


Update: Five back to back BSODs officially nullifies this theory. Back to Plan C.

FlexRAID isn’t working out. Or so I think? I was experiencing numerous BSODs while working with my FlexRAID setup. Reads and writes were causing my server to kick the bucket and I was not pleased. So I went to their forums and shared my concerns.

I found some answers that didn’t help but I also found some useful hints. Apparently the Call Back File System driver that FlexRAID uses is several versions behind. In addition, it appears that FlexRAID doesn’t play well with certain storage devices and drivers. It was suggested that I either revert or upgrade some of my drivers.

The Intel ICH8 chipset that’s equipped in my ASUS P5B Deluxe Wi-Fi/AP motherboard was already running the latest driver available. As for other storage interfaces? The only other interface I had active was the JMicron chipset which I flipped on for IDE support. The only device I had on IDE was the old DVD writer and I was willing to disable the darn thing in order to isolate the problem.

So far so good. Not a single blue screen of death. We’ll see how this setup fairs for the rest of FlexRAID’s trial period. I hope I solved my FlexRAID issues because it is really the best of all worlds with this solution.

Windows Server 2012’s Storage Spaces isn’t ready for primetime. Its issues are well documented but mine concerns are strictly performances oriented. 40 MB/s writes are not acceptable. Especially when I can get 90 – 100 MB/s with FlexRAID.

What’s my Plan C? I’m thinking of running independent drives until Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 becomes available. Don’t worry though, I’ll be keeping plenty of backups. I’ve learned my lesson.

I’m slowly grinding my way through to the end of Fire Emblem: Awakening. Just two more chapters. Persona 4: Arena is also drawing to a close. All I have to do is wrap up the “cliffangers” for each character.

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