Disabling File System Journal on Windows Server 2012 R2, 2016, 2019+

What is File System Journaling?

File system journaling is extraneous metadata written to an NTFS partition.  During bulk operations, or operations with a higher latency – such as those a SAN drive, unusual behavior can be observed on a windows system.  Typically this results in instability;  running the “sync” command can flush the buffer to disk in some cases.  However, if you are flushing bulk* data to a high latency disk,  it is best to disable this feature at system startup as it is enabled by default on modern windows systems.

fsutil behavior set DisableDeleteNotify 0
PS C:\> fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify
NTFS DisableDeleteNotify = 0 (Disabled)
ReFS DisableDeleteNotify = 0 (Disabled)
PS C:\>

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