I have read that ReFS has a built-in checksum mechanism. Automatic bit-rot repair seems to be done only when redundancy is used (Storage Space).

If there is an ReFS volume without redundancy, I think the system at least can still detect bit-rot has occurred. So, how does the ReFS file system inform the user, in such a case? It should be still helpful just to be able to know that bit-rot has occurred even without automatic repair.

Are there APIs or built-in utilities to know the list of bit-rotten files?


ReFS will log an event to the System event log. You can create a custom event view and filter by source, selecting the ReFS source. This isn't really the best implementation on Microsoft's part if you're not using a mirrored storage spaces volume, the System event log overwrites itself, and the event will be lost.

Source - Kate Li (Microsoft Contingent Staff): https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/lync/en-US/99c5a067-a8f1-4ab8-b28c-25d0d8cd45b0/refs-salvage-log-entry-for-defective-files-scrubbing-process-configuration?forum=w8itprogeneral

Running the Data Integrity Scan scheduled task will scan all files on a ReFS volume, but I can only assume works if you have a storage spaces volume, as on my 24TB (with >7TB of data) hardware RAID 6 volume it exits immediately. Otherwise the files are only scanned as they are accessed in real time, and only the blocks which are actually being read rather than the entire file.

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