Tip of the Day: Partition IDs

Today’s tip… A shift exists in the way Microsoft is marking its partitions.  Previously, a partition would have an ID in the partition table that denoted what file system type would be stored in it.  For example 06 for FAT and 07 for NTFS.  <screen shot of sector0 with boot code removed to keep it…


Tip of the Day: NTFS and Chkdsk

Today’s tip…   Starting with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, there has been a fundamental change to NTFS in how we handle file system inconsistencies.  Previously, there were a number of reasons that Windows would mark the file system dirty and urge the user to run a Chkdsk /f.  Depending on the size of the…


Tip of the Day: Deduplication Cheat Sheet

Today’s tip…   Here is a quick reference sheet for Windows Server 2012 deduplication.  The Dedup feature is not installed by default Dedup is a Server only feature Dedup is not supported on: FAT volumes Boot or System Volumes Remote Drives Cluster Shared Volumes (supported on non CSV volumes on cluster) ReFS 3rd party file systems Dedup    …


Tip of the Day: ReFS not a replacement for NTFS

Today’s tip…   Windows Server 2012 comes with a new file system, ReFS (Resilient File System).  This file system is not meant to be a replacement for NTFS.  It is merely meant to handle a small subset of what NTFS does.  There are a number of things in NTFS that are not part of ReFS. …