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d. Both b and c

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The NTFS log file is a circular log of all file operations, kept on disk so that unsuccessful operations can be rolled back safely. Each NTFS partition has its own log, which is set to a fixed size. If the log fills up, all NTFS file operations are suspended until the log is completely cycled through and flushed out to disk. This takes time, of course, and during that time absolutely nothing else can happen with the file system. Under very high I/O conditions, the system can appear to stop completely because of this.

There are several ways of addressing this problem, but they usually involve upgrading hardware; switching from a single disk to a striped RAID array is one way, for instance. But hardware upgrades are expensive and require a fair amount of downtime, so unless such plans are already on the table, you aren't likely to get quick approval. Moreover, there can be problems in migrating from one disk structure to another, which can lead to more downtime than you expected.

Another possible workaround involves...

>> Read Serdar Yegulalp's full article entitled: Expand the NTFS log file.

>> Get some expert advice on how to migrate from an NT4 NTFS file system to Win2k NTFS.

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