File-based virtual storage file system, method and computer program product for automated file management on multiple file system storage devices

CAFC
  • US 6,438,642 B1
  • Filed: 05/18/1999
  • Issued: 08/20/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/18/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of providing automated file management comprising the steps of storing data in a virtual file-based non-volatile storage medium comprising:

  • providing said virtual file-based non-volatile storage medium having a file-based automated file management file system interfacing with a plurality of file system storage partitions of a plurality of corresponding physical non-volatile storage media associated therewith, locations within each physical non-volatile storage medium of said plurality of corresponding physical non-volatile storage media corresponding to locations within said virtual file-based non-volatile storage medium;

    providing data for storage in said virtual file-based non-volatile storage medium using said file-based automated file management file system;

    determining any free space at said locations within said virtual file-based non-volatile storage medium, said free space sufficient for storing the provided data, locations having said any free space corresponding to said locations within said plurality of corresponding physical non-volatile storage media having available non-volatile storage space therein;

    storing the provided data at said locations having said any free space; and

    storing index information for the stored data.

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