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How to use ReFS on Windows 10?

I want to try out Windows 10s new file system ReFS. I have the latest Windows 10 Pro installed and created 2 vhdx virtual drives, as listed below: But in the file system combo box for creating a ...
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Windows Server 2019 storage space shows wildly different values for size vs size on disk

So I'm running Windows Server 2019. I've got two 10 TB disks connected together into a storage pool. I've then created a single volume that takes up that entire pool. I do have deduplication turned on,...
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Shrink ReFS partition

How can I shrink a ReFS partition (under any OS, most convenient would be Windows Server 2016)? diskmgmt.msc doesn't supports shrinking of ReFS, neither does gparted. From what I've read in the ...
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ReFS/BtrFS on hardware raid vs storage spaces/LVM?

I have a Dell Poweredge R230 with 4x 8TB Caviar Red which I‘d like to setup as company file server, likely running windows server (unless i go with btrfs and the windows driver is no good in which ...
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How to turn ReFS “Enforced” file integrity off?

Short Version I have files on a ReFS volume where Integrity Stream integrity is Enforced is true. PS M:\> Get-Item Contoso.vhdx | Get-FileIntegrity FileName Enabled Enforced -------- ...
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How to really store your data (avoiding silent data corruption) [closed]

Something that really bothers me is silent data corruption. Over the years, I experienced it many times that suddenly you want to open some old pictures just to scratch your head and wonder wether ...
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Is there a noticeable downside in turning on file integrity of ReFS?

Since the advantages of ReFS was that the system keeps checking file corruption, The key design advantages of ReFS include automatic integrity checking and data scrubbing, -- Wikipedia, ReFS I ...
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Storage Spaces out of space

I'm using Windows 10 Enterprise. I have four identical 3TB disks set up in a Storage Space pool. Each disk shows up as providing 2.72 TB to the pool. I create a storage space with REFS and resiliency ...
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What is the “correct” way to provide resilient storage with Storage Spaces to a VM?

I am in the process of rebuilding my home server. Among other functions, this acts as a media server, serving content primarily via DLNA. A good part of this content is irreplacable family video, ...
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How can I defragment a ReFS mirrrored Storage Space (Windows 10)?

Possibly related question: https://serverfault.com/questions/790563/refs-is-fragmentation-ok-is-defragmentation-needed Note that I am using Windows 10 Home, version 1607. The Storage Space has four ...
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Format mirrored volume in ReFS in Windows 10

I am trying to make a mirrored volume of two drives with the same capacity in Windows 10. I would like to be able to format the drives as ReFS but it is not an option when I try to make a mirror. This ...
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Windows 10 ReFS partition disappeared after updates

I have two hard drives configured as a simple layout storage space in Windows 10 Home. The entire virtual drive is formatted as a single large ReFS partition mounted on D. The other day I enabled ...
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Recover data from Win10 ReFS partition format on Windows7

I had win10 installed, and another HD with one EFI partition. Now I installed Win7 and forgot about that EFI partition. Everytime I try to read it... " This windows version does not support ...
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Windows 10 Storage Spaces - Can't Access Drives

This is a difficult issue to Google. I recently set up a Storage Space (3x 4TB) in Windows 10 and it worked as expected. No parity (Simple) as it’s only for backups. I then added another independent ...
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ReFS combination with storage spaces and TrueCrypt

I would like to store data encrypted and reliable (no bit rot, mirror). Already did some testing but I am not sure at some points. For all cases: I set up a windows storage space with 2 drives (...
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In Windows 10 Pro Storage Space, why can't I use ReFS with Parity?

NTFS is the only option when Parity is selected as the resiliency type. I thought ReFS was suppose to replace NTFS? I am trying to create a storage space to use for network file share.
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How to know bit-rot has occurred on ReFS?

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 ...
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BitLocker stuck during partial partition encryption

I wanted BitLocker to encrypt an REFS partition on a VHDX (virtual HDD), and it is now stuck at ~70%, asking for chkdsk /r. I can't run chkdsk because REFS doesn't support (and doesn't need) that, ...
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Windows Version of ZFS

From what I've read about ZFS is that it allows and protects against FileROT. Which is why I commonly use this for all my FreeNAS Machines. Is there an option like that but for the Windows side of ...
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Does a ReFS drive on a Windows Storage Pool survive a Windows reinstall?

Or if my SSD that contains my Windows boot and system fails, then I lose the ReFS drive as well?
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What happens to ReFS if I reinstall Windows?

ReFS seems nice. As far as I know, it is some sort of software RAID. If so, the information is managed by the OS. What happens somehow Windows is corrupted and I reinstall Windows? Is all information ...
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NTFS and ReFS limitations

As far as I know, by design NTFS supports partitions containing up to 2^64 clusters. But NTFS implementation in Windows XP and later is somewhat limited by Windows stack which can address 2^32 ...
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readyboost for REFS possible with a partition of an internal SSD?

I intend to setup a new computer with Windows 8.1/x64 using the following disks: 2 2TB rotating disk drives 1 or 2 SSDs (1x240GB or 2x120GB) I need your help to decide whether to buy 1 or 2 SSDs, ...
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Is Windows 8 able to read partitions formatted with the ReFS filesystem?

Does Windows 8 read ReFS? Is there a patch available or plans to add support? My question is motivated by my desire to switch to ReFS due to the better benchmarks but I am hesitant as it may render ...
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Can I use the new ReFS file system on Windows 8?

Windows Server 2012 comes with the new File System ReFS, which is Microsoft's upgrade to NTFS. Is there any way to use this for my Windows 8 partition?