Posts by elsmandino

    Morning all.

    I am currently running TVHeadend and HomeAssistant as docker containers but have noticed that the Dockers seem to have a different time to the main system.

    As such, TVHeadend has started to miss the beginning of recordings.

    When I turn a light on, in HomeAssistant, the log on my phone says that it happened 7 minutes ago (not literally just now).

    Any advice on working out what the problem is would be very much appreciated.

    Hi there.

    I use TVHeadend to record TV Shows to a folder that is automatically scraped into Kodi by Jellyfin.

    I have an issue, however.

    When the episode is new, the folder is named with "New" in the title and this confuses Jellyfin.

    Is there any way to automatically remove the phrase "New:" from the beginning of any folder in my TV Shows folder?

    Also, because of the way that Jellyfin removes recordings, I often end up with empty folders. Is there any way to also automatically remove any empty folders from my TV Series folder as well?

    Thanks very much.

    Thanks chente.

    I am going to give Wireguard a go - the guide looks fantastically simply to set up.

    I am bit nervous exposing my server to the internet - are there any precautions to take, before installing the Wireguard plugin?

    For instance, should I remove all my NFS shares and rely solely on SMB, given that there is the ability to password protect?

    Hi there.

    I would be grateful for a bit of advice on tweaking my current system.

    I am running OMV6 on my home server with a number of dockers on it - PiHole, TVHeadend, Jellyfin, Home Assistant etc.

    Until fairly recently, I had no remote access to the server but I decided to try and get the Home Assistant app on my phone working when I disconnected from my home network.

    I followed this guide:

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    and managed to get things working - I had to adapt things slightly, as I used the docker version of Cloudflare, but everything was working fine.

    However, everything suddenly stopped working - it turns out that the fee domain name that I set up (via the recommended Freenom site) is no longer active and Freenom domains are no longer usable with Clodflare in any event.

    What are my options, now:

    1. Buy a cheap domain name and continue to use Cloudflare?

    2. Have a go with another method, like Wireguard, for instance?

    Another thing that has occurred to me is that, in addition to Home Assistant, I might like to have access to the entirety of my server, remotely - e.g. the ability to schedule on TVHeadend, access to my home storage. Would this have a bearing on what method I choose?

    Hi there.

    I recently managed to recover most of the files from a hard drive that I recently wiped.

    However, I now have another hard drive that is full of duplicates and I need to try and get rid of those and put everything back in its original state.

    The HDD is formatted as ext4 but is being shared to my network via Samba.

    I am running Dupeguru on a Windows laptop.

    One option, in particular, is causing me some issues. Do I want to enable the option for "Ignore duplicates hardlinking to the same file"?

    The reason I ask is that, before I wiped the hard drive, I had some RSnapshot backups on the disk, which I understand uses hardlinking to save space.

    Any advice on what this option really does, and whether I should use it, would be very much appreciated.

    Hi there.

    I am currently dealing with recovering some, hopefully, backed up files that I seem to have used Rsync with in the past.

    I have a folder called "Photos" and in it are three folders - daily.0, daily.1, daily.2.

    The three folders seem to have difference contents.

    How do I go about dragging the files out to a brand new "Photos" folder without messing up anything?

    Further to the below, I have accepted that whatever is on the HDD is probably gone and that it just isn't worth it, financially, to try and recover anything - i.e. I am going to have a go, myself, and see what I can get back (if anything).

    I let Testdisk do its thing and got the following two screens:

    Any further advice, on what to do now, would be much appreciated.

    I had a photographer friend need files recovered. photorec ran for almost a week.

    That is mad.

    I bet the anticipation was unbearable!

    At least I can now come to terms with the fact that I have majorly messed up and to set up a decent backup plan as soon I know the damage.

    Slightly ironically, the only reason I messed about with the harddrive was to use it as a backup in the first place - very irritating.

    You failed to mention that before... Did the drive completely erase?.. At the very least I'm assuming the filesystem got wrecked.

    Assuming the filesystem was ext2/3/4... have you looked at extundelete? I'v enever used iit but I've saw it recommended here a few times.

    Sorry - should have clarified.

    The disk did not fully erase.

    It start initiating and I immediately pulled the plug as fast I could.

    The disk is 14TB in size and whilst I had 12TB used up, most of this is recordings - only about 1TB is valuable to me.

    I am hoping that the 1TB part is still salvageable.

    What do you think I should do?

    I have been running Testdisk and it is taking absolutely ages, given the size of the disk (only 2% after a couple of hours).

    Should I let it do its thing or cancel it and use one of the other options mentioned above?

    Thanks everyone.

    What I did was pretty stupid.

    I took my hard drive out of a OMV server and tried to mount it to another OMV server but pressed initialise instead of mount.

    It started to wipe the hard drive and it took me a good six seconds before I was able to turn off the caddy.

    I am currently having a go with Testdisk - am just running analyse on the disk to see what it comes up with.

    Hi there.

    Something catastrophic has just happened on my hard drive, when trying to change caddies and it is now not being recognized by Linux.

    The drive is 14TB and formatted as ext4.

    I am running Puppy Linux and whenever I plug the hard drive in, it is not recognized - i.e. cannot be mounted.

    Most of the information on there is replacable but there are a few things that I do not think I have backed up (i.e. a few photos of someone that has since passed away).

    If anyone can get it working again I would be more than happy to pay them 30 Euros for their help!

    Thanks in advance.

    Hi there.

    I would be really grateful for some initial advice on setting up a way to backup my system to a friend's house.

    At the moment, I am running OMV6 on my home server, which contains a folder called "DATA", which I would like to set up.

    The only remote access I have is via Cloudflare to give access to Home Assistant, which is running via Docker.

    I have an Odroid HC2, with OMV6 also on it that I would like to use to back up the "DATA" file to it. I have a friend who says he is happy for me to leave the device plugged into his home network for a backup every evening.

    Any advice on where to start would be much appreciated.

    A few initial questions:

    1. How do I securely expose my "DATA" folder so that the remote HC2 can access it? Can I do this with Cloudflare also?

    2. Is it better to "Push" the files from my "DATA" folder to the HC2 or instead have the HC2 "Pull" the files from the the folder?

    Thanks guys - this is really helpful.

    I think the first thing I need to do is sort out my offsite backup strategy.

    I have decided to use my WD 6TB HDD in a spare Odroid HC2, running OMV6, that I can leave at a friend's house.

    Where do I start from here?

    Should I set the HC2 to pull date from my server or should I push to it?

    Which program should I use for this type of backup?

    Thank you.

    I always find it a bit of a struggle knowing whether to use a USB device's in-built spindown option against OMV's and whether there will ever be a conflict between the two.

    I have decided to return the above enclosure as it just does not work as described.

    I am tempted to get something like this:

    FIDECO Hard Drive Docking Station, USB 3.0 SATA HDD Docking Station for 2.5 & 3.5 inch SATA HDD/SSD, Dual Bay, Support Offline Clone : Computers & Accessories

    so I can not only put my 14TB HDD in it but also my 6TB backup HDD.

    I am not, however, convinced that those docking stations are designed for constant use. I was wondering whether I could attach lay my hard drives flat and connect them via a couple of these cables:

    CY SATA III 3.0 7+15 22 Pin SATA Male to Female Data Power Extension Cable 30cm Red : Stationery & Office Supplies

    Hi there.

    I have just bought one of these hard drive enclosures:

    RSHTECH Hard Drive Enclosure USB 3.0 to SATA External Hard Drive Caddy for 3.5 inch SATA I/II/III HDD SSD up to 16TB Drives,Support UASP & Automatic Sleep Function (Silver): Computers & Accessories

    and it does not spindown the hard drive after 10 minutes as advertised.

    This is a firmware update to change this but it does not seem to work - I can see that the device is set to never spindown, which is weird as the default should be 10 minutes.

    I tried setting OMV to spin the hard drive down as well but that does not work either - can OMV only spin down SATA harddrives, rather than USB?

    Is there anything else I can try to spin the harddrive down?

    I did find the following on Amazon reviews but the firmware, that Dr Alan Priest found, no longer exists.


    Dr. Alan Priest

    4.0 out of 5 stars Solidly built, works well, sleep function fiddly to set up
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 March 2023Size Name: USB 3.0 to SATA HDD CaddyColour Name: SilverVerified Purchase
    The product is easy to set up, well constructed and has a pleasing appearance in terms of design. Unless you upgrade the firmware, the drive remains powered up and spinning continuously, which obviously is not energy-efficient and may shorten the life of the hard disk you fit inside. It comes with instructions to download and update the firmware. I followed the instructions to the letter, and in my case this didn't work. The software tried three times and the final result was a big FAIL. With the original download I kept getting a message "firmware and device not matched". Not wanting to be beaten I spent about two hours Googling and browsing the web. Eventually I solved the problem by downloading a more up-to-date firmware from a third party driver site– Station Drivers. Search for AS Media then ASM-105x. the firmware version that worked for me was 140704_A1_A9_0. Just follow the instructions in the original PDF but substitute the new firmware file. Before you click the "play" to update, make sure you set the sleep timer to be something like 10 minutes (or 5 minutes according to your preference). I'm not sure that you can change this after you've updated the firmware, which might be the problem with the original download and instructions. I like everything about this product except the sleep function, which took me over two hours faffing about to set up properly, hence only 3 stars even though it's now working. Other than this, I can recommend this product. NB this is my own review. I purchased the product and no one has offered me any incentive to write this.

    Thanks ever so much for this guys - really helpful.

    I think my immediate priority, now, is to immediately get a 3.5" hard drive enclosure, so I can at least start backing things up. I can then start worrying about cloud backups as my "1" of the 3-2-1.

    Is there anything in particular, I should look out for in a hard drive enclosure or are they much the same?

    I would prefer one that lies flat, if possible, for stability reasons.

    Found a copy of Amazon best buys, that could be likely candidates:


    Amazon product

    The first uses a ASM225CM chip, whereas the second uses ASM1153E - is there any real difference between these?

    The second one seems to use aluminum, which I assume shall offer better cooling - but can it be used flat (not absolutely clear)?

    The 3-minute autosleep, on the first, is also a bit severe (unless it can be changed). I always use at least 10 minutes to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.