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Windows 2000 Disk Management

Managing the massive amount of data in today's Enterprise environments can be challenging to say the least. In addition to NT's support for RAID, Windows 2000 includes several new features such as  dynamic disks, Remote Storage Services, and Removable Storage Manager that Administrators will have to consider in their strategies. 

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Where to Start
Primers, definitions, Microsoft terminology, overviews, etc.,
Effects of fragmentation, using Win2000 defragmentation software, etc.,
Disk Management
How to articles specific to Windows 2000 new Disk Management features.
Disk Recovery Options
Recovering failed disk drives, including volume, mirror, and stripe sets.
Dynamic Disks
A new technology in Windows 2000 that doesn't use partitions or logical drives
File Systems
Technical comparisons and information on FAT, FAT32, and NTFS
Hardware Guide: Disk Drives
Technical specs, whitepapers, tutorials on how drives work, components, etc.,
RAID Specifications, primers, requirements, configuration, pitfalls, etc.,
Remote Storage Services (RSS)
A new feature in Windows 2000 that offloads old files to remote servers.
Removable Storage Manager (RSM)
A standard interface designed to simplify access to most types of removable media.
Storage (SANS)
Resources for deploying and managing  Storage Area Networks
Troubleshooting Disk Problems
Knowledge Base Articles of known bugs and issues.
Automating Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 253597 - This article describes how to run the Disk Cleanup tool (Cleanmgr.exe) by using command-line switches. Cleanmgr.exe is designed to clear unnecessary files from your computer's hard disk. You can configure Cleanmgr.exe with command-line switches (updated 3/16/2000)

An Explanation of CHKDSK and the New /C and /I Switches
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 187941 - In Service Pack 4 (SP4) for Windows NT version 4.0 and in Windows 2000, two new switches have been added to Chkdsk.exe. These switches enable users to better manage downtime incurred by running CHKDSK or AUTOCHK. (updated 1/27/2000)

Contents of the Disk Drive Are Not Displayed on the Computer Screen
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 266402 - When you view a disk in a disk drive, the contents (the files) of that disk drive are displayed on your computer screen. After you change disks and press the F5 key, or use the View menu in Control Panel, when the screen is refreshed, the contents from the previously-read disk remain on your computer screen. 

Description of Disk Groups in Windows Disk Management 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 222189 - This article describes Dynamic Disks and Disk Groups in Windows. 

Description of Enhanced Chkdsk, Autochk, and Chkntfs Tools in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 218461 - The Chkdsk.exe, Autochk.exe, and Chkntfs.exe tools are enhanced in Windows 2000 to allow administrators more precise control over when a file system check is performed on a volume. (updated 12/29/1999)

How to Restore the Default NTFS Permissions for Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 266118 - This article describes how to restore the default NTFS file system permissions in Windows 2000. 

Using Diskperf in Windows 2000
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 253251 - This article describes how to use the Diskperf tool in Windows 2000. 

HOW TO: Add Error Logging for Low Disk Space in System Monitor 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 299921 - This step-by-step document describes how to add error logging for low disk space in System Monitor

HOW TO: Manage Disk Capacity and Usage By Using Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 300979 - This step-by-step article is intended for users that manage Windows 2000 file servers. This includes the responsibility for controlling the amount of disk space that other users are given to store files on the server.

How to Enable Disk Quotas in Windows XP and Windows 2000  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 183322 - Disk quotas provide administrators with a way to limit each user's utilization of disk space on a volume. In order to set quotas, you must have Administrator rights, and the volume must be formatted with the NTFS file system. This article describes how you can set Windows NT File System (NTFS) volume disk quotas in Windows 2000.

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