Can you use ReFS for RAID?
Here you can find out:
- what is ReFS
- ReFS for RAID controller
- when DiskInternals can help you
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What is ReFS?
ReFS (Resilient File System) is a file system that came to replace the NTFS file system.
This file system is more resistant to data corruption than NTFS. It also works better with high workloads and scales better for very large file systems. Whenever a file is read and written, ReFS checks the checksum to make sure it is correct. Thus, the file system has an automatic built-in method for detecting data corruption, and also its subsequent correction.
ReFS can be called an automatic corrective file system.
ReFS is known for its fault tolerance, however, it has also many other unique and useful features:
- A high level of performance for mirror-accelerated parity. In order to optimize both performance and capacity, ReFS divides the volume into two logical storage groups, or levels. And the levels in turn have their own types of drives and fault tolerance. Correct level settings enable the file system to use them to quickly store hot data and cold data.
When using flash and hard drive mixing, the cache in Storage Spaces Direct helps speed up the reading process. This in turn reduces the effect of data fragmentation.
- A high level of performance in virtual machines due to:
- 1. Block cloning, which allows you to speed up copying and merging control points of VMs
- 2. Sparse VDL, which speeds up the time to zero files
- Support for 4K and 64K clusters. That is, the file system is universal, since it supports almost all deployments (this applies to 4K size) and can be used for large sequential I / O workloads (this applies to 64K size).
Resilient file system can be used in the following cases:
- RAID controllers
- RAID disks
ReFS is also great for storage spaces. It is a RAID-like option for storing data on Windows and Windows Server, but at the software level. Here, data blocks are collected in pools and, if necessary (to increase space), you can simply add one or more pools.
When using this file system, you will not need to use the chkdsk utility. You can also get the combination of array functions, visualization, processing of long paths and file names, storage pools and many more useful things.
It should be noted that basic disks with the ReFS file system are supported for directly attached local disks via SAS, RAID, Bus Types, SATA, or NVME. Therefore, if redundancy is vital to you, this file system can provide it.
ReFS data recovery with DiskInternals Partition Recovery
You can use DiskInternals Partition Recovery to return files of any type. This application works perfectly with the ReFS file system, and if necessary, converts it for a detailed scan. Moreover, the scan is also detailed here, as it works on each section. As a high-end application, DiskInternals Partition Recovery has a built-in Recovery Wizard and a free file preview. After using it, you will have no doubt about buying a license and exporting the recovered data to any portable or stationary storage device.
If ReFS is used in RAID, use DiskInternals RAID Recovery instead. This utility specializes in arrays of all levels and can recover information in any part of the array. In addition, all the necessary RAID parameters are determined automatically, so you do not need to make any effort at all there.
Therefore, select one of these applications and export the restored information wherever you want!