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For example, the master file table $Mft is one of the NTFS system files.

How can I view the properties of these files (e.g. size)?

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You can't do this from within Windows itself – the NTFS driver does not allow user-space to access the internal structures.

From Linux, use ntfsinfo from ntfsprogs.

(Simple ls -l '$Mft' will work but is unlikely to display the correct size as many of these files don't even have a ::$DATA stream.)

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