12 Facts About NTFS


NTFS uses several files typically hidden from the user to store metadata about other files stored on the drive which can help improve speed and performance when reading data.

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The original NTFS developers were Tom Miller, Gary Kimura, Brian Andrew, and David Goebel.

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The FreeBSD implementation of NTFS was ported to OpenBSD by Julien Bordet and offers native read-only NTFS support by default on i386 and amd64 platforms as of version 4.

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NTFS-3G is a free GPL-licensed FUSE implementation of NTFS that was initially developed as a Linux kernel driver by Szabolcs Szakacsits.

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NTFS uses access control lists and user-level encryption to help secure user data.

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NTFS is a journaling file system and uses the NTFS Log to record metadata changes to the volume.

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CompactOS is not an extension of NTFS file compression and does not use the 'compressed' attribute; instead, it sets a reparse point on each compressed file with a WOF tag, but the actual data is stored in an alternate data stream named "WofCompressedData", which is decompressed on-the-fly by a WOF filesystem filter driver, and the main file is an empty sparse file.

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Transactional NTFS allows, for example, the creation of network-wide consistent distributed file systems, including with their local live or offline caches.

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NTFS is made up of several components including: a partition boot sector that holds boot information; the master file table that stores a record of all files and folders in the filesystem; a series of meta files that help structure meta data more efficiently; data streams and locking mechanisms.

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Systems using NTFS are known to have improved reliability compared to FAT file systems.

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NTFS contains several files that define and organize the file system.

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Historical reasons, the versions of Windows that do not support NTFS all keep time internally as local zone time, and therefore so do all file systems – other than NTFS – that are supported by current versions of Windows.

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