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Load Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 on a system, and you'll notice something sort of strange: there's no boot record or BCD folder. Look at other Windows 7/R2 systems, and you may notice something even stranger: there's only one file on the hard disk, and yet you can boot the system and run a normal Windows system. What's going on here? Simple: Windows 7 gets a lot of press for its faster-than-Vista performance and newer user interface, but there's a lot more to it also, including native support of VHD files (that's how a one-file system boots) as well as a new default disk structure, support of direct-to-disk ISO burning, and more. Whether you're going to Windows 7 sometime soon or five years from now, you'll want to be prepared for the changes that Windows 7 brings to storage -- and who better to prepare you than veteran Windows explainer Mark Minasi? Join Mark for this quick look at Windows 7/R2 storage and save yourself having to read a small mountain of whitepapers!
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