Backup and Storage

Backup and Storage Overview

Two of the most important elements of any IT infrastructure are file storage and the archiving and backup of those files. From traditional spinning disks to SSD drives and flash memory, data storage has advanced exponentially in recent years. Backups have changed as well, whether you archive single files to a USB drive, store hundreds of them in a cloud service like DropBox, or protect millions of them using products like Microsoft Data Protection Manager or Symantec Veritas Storage Foundation.

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Recent Backup and Storage Articles

Pinning a File in Tiered Microsoft Storage Spaces

By Aidan Finn - July 9, 2014

Aidan Finn explains several different reasons for why you might want to pin a file in Microsoft's Storage Spaces.

Review: DataON Storage DNS-1640 JBOD for Storage Spaces

By Aidan Finn - January 27, 2014

Check out our review of DataON Storage DNS-1640 JBOD, used for clustered Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 (WS2012) and Windows Server 2012 R2 (WS2012 R2).

Best Free Disk Management Software for System Administrators

By Jeff James - November 7, 2013

Looking for a good free or open source disk management utility? Check out these popular ones as part of our free tools directory.

Disabling Access to Removable Storage in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Later

By Russell Smith - October 29, 2013

USB sticks can lead to security risks. Learn how to apply a policy to quickly block all removable storage in this Ask an Admin.

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Increase Storage Space with a Surface Pro Recovery USB Stick

By John O'Neill Sr. - February 26, 2013

Unhappy with your new Microsoft Surface Pro's lack of storage space? Learn to increase storage with a recovery USB stick.

Performing Disk Repair with PowerShell Cmdlets in Windows Server 2012

By Jeff Hicks - December 10, 2012

Sometimes things go wrong with disks or volumes: it's practically the Saga of the Sysadmin. Learn to perform disk repair with Powershell cmdlets in Windows 2012

Enable and Restore File History in Windows 8

By John O'Neill Sr. - September 11, 2012

You know, File History is not just another name for a backup -- it also protects against accidental changes. John O'Neill, Sr., shows you how to enable and

Windows 8 File History Protects Users from Doom and Data Loss

By John O'Neill Sr. - August 21, 2012

Got backup? John O'Neill, Sr., shows you how the new File History feature protects Windows 8 users from impending doom.

Understanding the Windows Disk Storage Architecture

By Bruce Mackenzie-Low - March 24, 2011

Explanation by Bruce Mackenzie-Low of Windows disk storage architecture for troubleshooting disk storage issues. Includes detailed overview of the I/O request,

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