FCI – how to use classification (video)

Just found a new video demonstrating the new classification feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. Enjoy! Special thanks to dawho1 who posted the video.


Script of the week: how to expire files with Classification

It is an eye opening experience to sit at our FCI booth and see customer after customer telling us their biggest problem with managing file servers today: lots of old data sitting on their file servers. When I tell them how that our classification feature solves this problem, it something that always brings a sincere…


A simple way to access Shadow Copies in Vista

In the past, I presented various ways to browse these mysterious device objects called "shadow copies". Shadow copies are static images in time (snapshots) of your volume contents, at some point in the past. These shadow copies are volumes on their own, with a file system namespace accessible through the regular Win32 APIs such as…


Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

I love this – if you have kids, and if you are a geek, you’ll understand. http://gizmodo.com/photogallery/microserveces08/1000446145


Flash-based harddisks – the new laptop feature to look for

A review in ComputerWorld features the new Samsung’s 64 GB Flash drive: Samsung rates the drive with a read speed of 100MB/sec and write speed of 80 MB/sec, compared to 59MB/sec and 60MB/sec (respectively) for a traditional 2.5" hard drive. We ran several benchmarks. In our HD Tune performance tests, the drive turned in an…


Is my harddisk (almost) dead?

I just started to play with HD Tune, just to get a tool to look at my S.M.A.R.T. data. Not that I trust SMART a lot, but I wanted to see what’s there. So that’s how I discovered my main drive has a bunch of reallocated sectors. Ouch! What is a reallocated sector? Whenever a…


What causes Harddisk failures?

A fascinating article in ACM Queue examines the various ways in which a harddisk can fail. Here is an example – the fault tree for reading failures.


Toshiba doubles hard-disk density

Just when we thought that there is no room more room on those little bits on a harddisk, Toshiba doubles their density again: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2007/06/c5819.html  From their press release: Toshiba Corporation today announced a prototype hard disk drive (HDD) that uses Discrete Track Recording (DTR) technology to boost capacity to a record-breaking 120 gigabytes (GB) on…


Windows Home Server – links

A friend of mine didn’t know about Windows Home Server – so I sent him these links: –          Main site: http://stopdigitalamnesia.com –          Interview with Charlie Kindel https://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=270965 –          Download: https://connect.microsoft.com/site/sitehome.aspx?wa=wsignin1.0&siteid=38 –          Articol on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Home_Server –          Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/homeserver   –          Press release: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2007/jan07/01-08WindowsHomeServerPR.mspx