Storage device drivers

Storage drivers include class, port, miniport, and filter drivers. Typically, a device vendor will implement a miniport driver for a specific adapter or adapter type. Although not common, a new storage class can be defined and a new class driver developed for it. Storage classes in Windows include the Disk, CDROM, USB storage, and encrypted drive classes. Storage driver development is usually limited to writing a miniport driver to work with the StorPort port driver.

Other types of storage drivers are secure silo drivers and Device Specific Modules (DSM) for multipath I/O. For storage management, WMI providers are developed as a control interface to a driver.

In this section

Storage driver design guideLearn how to create storage device drivers.
Storage DDI reference Reference the storage device driver interfaces (DDIs).




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