Storage Technologies

The storage architecture in Windows provides a wide array of device options in both the consumer and server editions.

As new storage technologies emerge, Windows offers an adaptable driver model for hardware suppliers to create drivers for their devices.

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Topic Description

SATA Asynchronous Notification in Storage Miniport Drivers

Describes how a storage miniport driver for the Windows 7 operating system can support Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) asynchronous notification for ATA Packet Interface (ATAPI) devices.

USB Attached SCSI (UAS) Best Practices for Windows 8

Guidelines for the independent hardware vendor (IHV) for making USB Attached SCSI (UAS) devices operate and perform properly with Windows 8.

Encrypted Hard Drive Device Guide

Guidelines for storage device vendors to implement the subset of Trusted Computing Group (TCG) protocol methods available in Windows.

Error Codes for Microsoft iSNS Server

This article lists the various error codes that may be returned by the Microsoft iSNS server and what each error code means.

Large Logical Unit Support and Windows Server

This article describes changes in Windows operating systems that will support disk logical unit sizes larger than 2 TB.

Using GPT Drives

This article provides information about how GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks are used in the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems.

Serial ATA in the Microsoft Operating System Environment

This paper provides information about Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) support for the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. It provides an overview of Serial ATA and guidelines for OEMs and independent hardware vendors (IHVs) that design systems and devices with Serial ATA support.

Restricted Direct Disk Access and Volume Access in Windows

Restrictions are in place in the file system and storage stack in Windows to limit direct access to volumes and disk data locations. This article discusses the conditions requiring restricted access and which I/O control requests are affected by these restrictions. Application developers should be aware of these restrictions and how they impact the use of direct disk and direct volume access.

Windows and GPT FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the GUID Partition Table (GPT).

ZPODD platform and driver design guidelines for Windows 8

This article provides information about platform support requirements to enable a Zero Power Optical Disk Drive (ZPODD) solution for Windows 8. It provides guidelines for driver developers to include ZPODD functionality in drivers for devices with compatible hardware.


See also

Offloaded Data Transfers (ODX)

Storage Management Providers

Thin Provisioning

Storage Devices

Loading a UASP Storage Driver as a Class Driver on xHCI

USB Storage - FAQ for Driver and Hardware Developers

FLASH Disk Opportunity for Server-Applications

T13 Proposal for SSD Statistics Information

Windows PC Accelerators

Secure Digital (SD) Card Drivers

SCSI Trade Association

T10 - SCSI Storage Interfaces

T11 – Fiber Channel Interfaces

T13 – ATA Storage Interfaces

Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Multipath I/O (MPIO)

System Center Technical Resources

Device.Storage Requirements

Virtual Hard Disk Image Format Specification



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