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  • Keeping an eye on network disk space with Windows Server 2008

    Users can waste valuable disk space with unauthorized file types, all the while exposing the organization to potential legal liabilities. Creating file screens with Windows Server 2008 is a great way to protect your organization and save disk space on network servers.

  • Making the move from DAS to SAN and NAS

    In the first of this three-part series, Microsoft MVP Mark Arnold explains why so many organizations have moved unstructured data from Windows file servers to SAN and NAS and then breaks down the process of migrating that data safely and easily.

  • Quick-formatting hard disk drives: A shortcut, but safe

    Quick-formatting a new hard drive takes only seconds, but simply erases the drive's metadata and file allocation tables. Full-formatting, which can take several hours, goes sector-by-sector across the disk, erases it and tests it for possible read errors. For the most part, there's no harm in quick-formatting. Enterprise-class drives (or consumer-level drives with three-year warranties) have already undergone error testing to ensure they will hold up.

  • External DAS: Take the good with the bad

    External direct-attached storage offers advantages in terms of price, capacity and flexibility, but there are some downsides that administrators should be aware of.

  • Gain performance by rearranging files on hard drive

    Improve the performance of your system by rearranging files on your hard drive when the computer is idle.

  • The rising cost of cheap storage

    The commoditization of storage has been driving acquisition cost down for quite some time. However, hidden costs are now starting to surface as organizations struggle to manage hundreds of terabytes of data. This tip discusses the some of the pitfalls of "cheap storage" and offers some advice for keeping costs in check.

  • Troubleshooting DAS, Part 3: SCSI issues

    SCSI is still a fertile source of potential problems in a direct-attached storage (DAS) system. If your DAS system will not recognize the storage devices or the connection to storage is unreliable, there are five things to check on the SCSI bus.

  • Troubleshooting DAS, Part 2: Cabling issues

    Cabling issues are common in direct-attached storage (DAS) installations. Here are two common cabling problems to watch out for.

  • Troubleshooting DAS, Part 1: Replace DAS drives regularly

    There are two methods for dealing with aging disk drives in direct-attached storage applications, such as desktop PCs and departmental servers. One is to simply replace all disk drives over a certain age. The second approach is to replace them only when drive errors reach an unacceptable level. Which approach is best for you?

  • How to choose an architecture for branch office storage

    Branch office storage architectures may not be as complicated as a data center's, but you still need to consider several factors. Here are three models to consider.