Implementing Mass Storage

There’s more to storage than just keeping a backup. Expand your knowledge of RAID, file systems, dynamic disks and more.


  • Understanding Partitioning Video — 00:04:15
    • We organize physical storage into logical subdivisions called partitions, which also serve several critical functions beyond just storing our data.

  • MBR Partitioning Video — 00:11:59
    • All operating systems still support Master Boot Record partitioning, so it’s important for techs to recognize its limitations.

  • GPT Partitioning Video — 00:08:33
    • GUID Partition Table partitioning is the more modern partitioning used by all operating systems today, and it’s important for a tech to understand the benefits of GPT as well as how to use it.

  • Understanding File Systems Video — 00:11:33
    • A tech should have a good understanding of multiple file systems, why they are used and how to troubleshoot them.

  • Popular File Systems Video — 00:07:10
    • There are many file systems available for different systems, purposes, and type of storage, and it’s important to know the differences between them.

  • Formatting in Action Video — 00:11:07
    • There’s a number of different ways to format mass storage and a good tech know how to do this for the most common file systems.

  • Dynamic Disks Video — 00:08:33
    • Make sure you understand why Microsoft uses dynamic disk and how to configure spanning, striping and so on.

  • New Installation – First Drive Video — 00:05:23
    • In this episode, you will go through the process of setting up an initial drive and installing an operating system using bootable media.

  • RAID Video — 00:11:01
    • The Random Array of Independent Devices (RAID) is a philosophy of using multiple drives working as a single drive, and a good tech understands the many RAID levels and the benefits they provide.

  • Hardware RAID Video — 00:07:01
    • It’s important understand the benefits of hardware RAID and how to configure and maintain RAID arrays.

  • Software RAID in Storage Spaces Video — 00:09:36
    • Microsoft’s Storage Spaces feature provides a superb tool to configure many different RAID configurations, and a good tech knows how to handle them.

  • Encrypting Mass Storage Video — 00:09:28
    • Make sure you know the many ways a system’s mass storage can be encrypted.

  • Mass Storage Troubleshooting Video — 00:08:00
    • A good tech knows the tools and procedures to diagnose and repair many mass storage problems.


Course description

Storage won’t help if you don’t know the best way to use it — and there’s more to storage these days than the old standby of “disk” and “backup disk.” In this course, you’ll become more familiar with the challenges posed by implementing mass storage. Begi

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Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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