Anyone's used Filestream?

I need to upload patient information files (not huge ones, some PDF files) . I've been thinking about either using .Net's encryption to encrypt and decrypt OR use filestream here:

Anyone's used it? will I run into corrupt data and problems later when we go live? should I just C# to encrypt and load to a folder and then download and decrypt?

Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Not sure why you would encounter corrupt data.
If you want to know about the virtues of using filestream for storage and access then you can't get better than this excellent document

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
CamilliaAuthor Commented:
Have you used it? as far as corrupt data...i think storing files in sql 2000 corrupted data, no?
I'm not a DBA but i remember reading about it back in the day.

Thanks for the article, let me read. Thanks
Yes within sql but not in a web/windows application.
Filestream was introduced in sql server 2008 so 2000 info must be referring to something else, perhaps BLOB.
Filestream stores the files themselves in the file system as opposed to the database.

Here are the best practises for filestream
CamilliaAuthor Commented:
thanks again. I was able to create the filestream database. I will continue
CamilliaAuthor Commented:
it did corrupt the files. I opened a question here. Can you take a look?
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Microsoft SQL Server 2008

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.