The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth, Part 2

A few years ago I wrote a blog entry entitled, “The Four Stages of NTFS File Growth”. This attempted to explain what happens to a file as it gains complexity. Complexity being akin to fragmentation. If you have not read the above mentioned blog entry, please do so now. This information will not make the… Read more

Top Tips from “Tip of the Day”

The following links are for the top four tips from the ‘Tip of the Day’ blog during the month of January. http://blogs.technet.com/b/tip_of_the_day/archive/2014/01/25/tip-of-the-day-validating-a-single-disk-in-cluster.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/tip_of_the_day/archive/2014/01/21/tip-of-the-day-registry-enhancements.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/tip_of_the_day/archive/2014/01/14/some-hidden-dfsr-improvements.aspx http://blogs.technet.com/b/tip_of_the_day/archive/2014/01/17/managed-service-accounts.aspx NOTE: Tip of the Day is a random daily tip. The idea behind it harkens back to something I started when I was first hired at Microsoft.  I told myself,… Read more

Alternate Data Streams in NTFS

This blog has been a long time coming. There is a bit of confusion about the subject of alternate data streams (ADS) and no small amount of suspicion. So I want to take a few minutes to set the record straight on ADS. A couple years ago I wrote a blog on NTFS attributes. http://blogs.technet.com/b/askcore/archive/2010/08/25/ntfs-file-attributes.aspx… Read more

Alignment changes in Windows 2008 and 2008 R2

Disk alignment, partition alignment, offset alignment…whatever you like to call it, it was very important back in the Windows 2000/2003 days.  Different storage configurations could make use of the Windows ability to align its volumes to predetermined sectors.  The benefit was increased disk performance.   This became less of an issue in Windows Vista/2008 as… Read more

GPT and Failover Clustering

Its Robert Mitchell again and I’m back to talk about my favorite subject, storage.  I’ve had a number of people ask me about how GPT disks are used in conjunction with Windows Failover Cluster.  So I wanted to take a few minutes to clear up any misconceptions there might be on how this works under… Read more

GPT in Windows

GUID Partition Table or GPT is a standard that’s been around for a while but is still not completely understood by the masses.  So I wanted to do a quick blog to address some of the common questions we  hear from day to day. Previously in my blog entitled Understanding the 2 TB Limit in… Read more

NTFS File Attributes

It is time once again to delve into the fascinating world of NTFS! So far I’ve outlined how files become more complex as they grow, the different metafiles found in the MFT, and then the different parts of Windows storage that results in the infamous 2TB size limitation. Today I want to list out most… Read more

Understanding the 2 TB Limit in Windows Storage

“Why can’t I have a drive bigger than 2 TB?” This is a common question.  And as storage has gotten bigger and cheaper, I see it more and more.  So let’s take a few minutes to talk about the mysterious 2 TB limit. There are actually three different 2 TB limitations that are commonly hit…… Read more