ArchiverFS – What makes it’s so popular and the Features It Has


ArchiverFS created by MLtek is the software that is the archiving solution for servers and network storage systems that allows the user to use all devices as storage that is 2nd tier and will live only a tiny footprint on the system of the host. 

Full cloud support

This program contains full cloud support, DFS, compression, replication, de-duplication, as well as also being unlike any other archiving software, by allowing you to use any NAS, SAN, or the platforms of the cloud as storage solutions for these old and unstructured files. There is no point with this program where a database is used to store files, pointers to files or file meta data. It is pure NTFS from beginning to end. It is the best solution for archiving old files

Released in 2002

ArchiverFS was first released in 2002 and is now in use by a large range of organizations around the world, many that are household names. It is unique among all other archiving solutions for storage on the network, SMB share as well as Windows file servers. Unlike other archiving software programs, this company only uses NTFS folders and files from start to finish. And it is also moving unused data to the cloud for storage.

Highly efficient

This company sticks to what it does best and that is using the same type of pseudo-document management system. They stick to what they are good at and that is being a highly efficient yet lightweight solution that tackles the problem of old as well as out of date files that are unstructured in network shares. 

Unique approach

MLket’s one of a kind approach makes this program scalable as well as hugely cost-effective. It offers users the most cost-effective method for archive older files, being able to migrate, store then end the life of old unstructured files from storage systems in a way that is controlled manner that is cost effective, thereby helping any company with challenges such as GDPR as well as Data Protection compliance. 

ArchiverFS allows a company to move files that are old from any UNC path to another UNC path by the network making use of a variety of criteria including:

  • Size
  • Age
  • Type

The target you use to move old files also can be a CIFS share, NAS device, iSCI volume, a VM or cloud storage such as Azure or Amazon AWS or Google Cloud. If the target and the source are formatted with NTFS and are shared to the network with SMB, then the content can easily be managed as well as move between them.

No proprietary storage all NTFS 

At no point will this archiving solution store files (as well as information about migrated files) in a database or propriety storage mechanism. This is critical as it offers immense scalability as well as makes ArchiverFS so very efficient. The largest file system that is currently moved by this software so far is one that is 3.4 petabytes of data that is unstructured, and this is done by only using one Datacenter edition license that is installed on a very small VM with only 4 vCPUSs and 6 GB of RAM. 

‘Direct Access’ is used to provide users instant access to content

When a user clicks on a link that is left behind in place of an archived file all the IO goes right from the user’s workstation directly to that file. There are no agents or other components in the way meaning that users do not have to sit around waiting for an item to be returned to the live system before they are able to access it. Items that need to be returned to the live system are done sousing a “daily maintenance job” those worksoff business hours. All the data of every file take has been archived is kept in the file system using structured directory and properties. 

Multiple link types

There are several subtypes available to select from that can be left in place of files when they are moved, – links that are totally seamless and act exactly like the original item. Both file and folder level shortcuts are like traditional Windows shortcuts and these offer the advantage of having compatibility that is increased as well as being able to be used by Apple Macs with an add-in such as “Win Shortcutter”. 

Unique structure for third-tier storage 

This includes Live, Archived, as well as Graveyard stages. This is a unique feature that ArchiverFS has that enables it to develop a real“Hierarchical Storage Management” system and moves your old content for a fraction of the cost for a traditional file archiving solution. 


In addition to the key feature mentioned above, you also get:

  • Installation supported on all versions of Windows starting with 2008 Server on, including Windows Storage Server as well as Server 2019.
  • Compatibility that is seamless with Windows compression, distributed file system, MS Search Server, Windows Server de-duplication, SDS, and SAN based replication.
  • Established product with a wide-ranging case of customers. ArchiverFS is in use with a wide range of organizations from multi-billion-dollar global companies to, law enforcement departments, military contractors, government institutions, universities and everything that is in between in over 40 countries.
  • Permission and attributes that are always 100 percent preserved thanks to the use of pure NTFS for 2nd line storage.
  • An exclusive daily maintenance program that returns on off-hours, moving files back to the live system and exactly replicating all items permissions from the live system to the 2nd line storage.
  • Full Unicode support for most of the file system character sets in the world including English, Chinese, Hindi, Arabic and many more.