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ArchiverFS - Compression And Deduplication

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How to compress and deduplicate your archived files

Before starting:

ArchiverFS works at the file system level, only using functionality that is built into the Windows kernel. As such it is fully compatible with just about every single Windows feature, including file system compression and deduplication.

We don't use any third party drivers or client side software so seamless integration with the full Windows server feature set is incredibly easy.

Compressing your archive:

Windows File and Folder Compression has been around for years. At some point most of us have right clicked on a folder, clicked on 'Properties', clicked on 'Advanced' and then ticked the 'Compress contents to save disk space' checkbox. Enabling the compression of archived files is as easy as doing this on the target folder for each archive job. The compression setting will then inherit down through the archive directory structure and it will be set on any new files that ArchiverFS archives.

What most people don't know is just how efficient Windows File and Folder compression is. When used against text based content, compression ratios of 90%+ are possible. What's more, as files are compressed in memory before they are written to disk enabling File and Folder Compresison can actually save on disk IO.

Deduplicating your archive:

Just like Windows File and Folder Compression, ArchiverFS is fully compatible with Windows built in Deduplicaiton.

Setting up Deduplication is really easy, just install the Deduplication feature using Server Manager under 'File and Storage Services'. Then once done go to 'File and Storage Services' in the Server Manager Dashboard, find the volume that contains the files you wish to Deduplicate, right click on it and then click on 'Configure Data Deduplication'.

Microsoft have an excellent guide that can be found here.

Getting further help:

If you have any further questions then pleae don't hesitate to contact us via [email protected]