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 about the Removable Storage API and database, including how to program to them, see the Windows XP Resource Kit.

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