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Removable Storage components

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Removable Storage components

Removable Storage consists of an administrative interface implemented as a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, a Windows service with an API, and a database. The Removable Storage service provides media services to data-management programs. The following figure illustrates the relationship between Removable Storage, data management programs, libraries, and Windows.

You can use the Removable Storage snap-in to perform the following tasks:

  • Create media pools and set media pool properties.

  • Insert and eject media in an automated library.

  • Mount and dismount media.

  • View the state of media and libraries.

  • Clean tape drives.

  • Perform library inventories.

  • Set security permissions for users.


  • You do not use the Removable Storage API or database to perform administrative tasks. For more information on the Removable Storage API and database, including how to program to them, see "Managing Data with Removable and Remote Storage" at the Microsoft Windows Resource Kits Web site.

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