NTFS (New Technology File System) is the default file system for Windows NT and its derivatives (2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003 and 2008).

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Detect if two files are hard linked in Windows XP

I know I can use the command fsutil hardlink <new_file> <existing file> To create a hard link from the command prompt. My question is: is there a command line tool that will allow me ...
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How Much Space Do Empty Files Consume?

Windows reports both, empty files and folders, as taking up 0 bytes. Surely it takes something to store the file name, attributes, date [created/modified/accessed] etc. How is this weighted?
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Mount NTFS Windows partition on Ubuntu live CD

I'm using the newest Ubuntu live CD to restore my Windows partition. After booting my PC from the live CD I have access to the internet and so on but I cant see the NTFS drive. What should I do to ...
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Mac OS X read/write NTFS support

I am trying to get read/write support for NTFS drives, under Mac os 10.6. I have tried to use NTFS 3G, but it seems it does not support 64 bit kernels. I was unable to change my Mac's Kernel to 32 ...
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Mounting a complete disk image rescued by ddrescue

I've recovered a complete NTFS disk with ddrescue in Linux. The catch is I didn't just rescue the partition (sdX#) but complete disk (sdX) with partition table. It's really easy to mount disk ...
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How can I restore my “Unknown” partition type, back to NTFS?

Lately I've been having trouble restoring my PC after uninstalling GRUB, and an Ubuntu install from it. Usually I don't encounter any problems when doing this, but this time is different. My Windows ...
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CHKDSK stop (no response) at stage 2 (verifying indexes)

I am using Windows 7. I was trying to synchronize the folder. Then the FreeFileSync freeze. I think there is some problem to my folder. Then I tried to copy the folder to another location. When ...
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Using rsync with link-dest from HFS to NTFS

I'm having a problem with rsync. I'm on a Mac and I'd like to sync my everyday's changes from my HFS+ partition to my NTFS formated networked drive. Pretty simple, and everything goes well except ...
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Create 8.3 name for an existing directory

I have a machine that initially had 8.3 filename creation disabled. However, this was causing issues with some legacy software, so it was re-enabled. I'm wondering if it's possible to go back and ...
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“Windows was unable to complete the format” - Can't format flashdrive!

I have a 8GB Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive that I had ruined a while back trying to make it bootable. Anyway now when I click on it I get a message that it needs to be reformatted to be used. So when ...
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How do I execute a batch file in an alternate data stream in Windows 7?

Normally, after creating an executable as an alternate data stream, for instance: type exec_this.bat > C:\blank.txt:exe.bat one could simply say start C:\blank.txt:exe.bat to run the ...
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Is it safe to edit files during the defragmentation process?

Assuming I'm on an NTFS partition, is it just as safe to edit files during defragmentation as when not? Is there any added risk, even if very small? If not, how does the operating system ensure the ...
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Getting Through EFS (Encrypted File System)

I'm 99% sure, at this point, that the answer is, "not possible." But I figured there are tons of smart people here who might be able to help me out, even if that help is just to validate that it's not ...
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Why are files created by Puttygen hidden in Windows 7 Explorer?

In Windows 7 Home Premium, after saving a private key in PuTTY Key Generator (aka. Puttygen) at the C drive root it is not visible in Explorer. How to reproduce: Start Puttygen. Generate a key. ...
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Accidentally moved folder to System Volume Information

I accidentally moved a folder with lots of subfolders and files to System Volume Information on a Bitlocker-partially-encrypted flash drive. Now I can't move them back (not even with control-Z). The ...
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How can I add metadata to NTFS files/folders?

I want to tag different file types (i.e. .pdf, .epub, .iso, .bin, folders,..) using the same descriptive fields. For example i would like a metadata field "type" which would be "eBook" on pdf- and ...
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Create a protected folder on USB Stick

I like to have a protected folder on my USB stick with my name in it, so if someone finds it, they can return it to me. There will be no data inside, it's just a named folder on top of all other data. ...
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Accidentally dd'ed an image to wrong drive / overwrote partition table + NTFS partition start

I screwed up and set the wrong output for dd when trying to copy a freenas iso, overwriting the wrong external hard drive. Ironically, I was trying to setup a freenas server for data backup... ...
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Can compressing Program Files save space *and* give a significant boost to SSD performance?

Considering solid-state disk space is still an expensive resource, compressing large folders has appeal. Thanks to VirtualStore, could Program Files be a case where it might even improve performance? ...
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undelete big files - mission impossible?

I've accidentaly deleted outlook.pst (6.7GB) file, while there was only 400MB free space left on primary NTFS partition (winxp). I've tried several recovery tools to get this file back. "Ontrack Easy ...
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Can you link an NTFS junction point to a directory on a Network Attached Storage?

I'm using Windows, and I want to use Dropbox to back up a folder outside my Dropbox directory. So I want to create a junction point from my target directory to my Dropbox folder. Accoding to the ...
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Mac OS X - Problems with file permission into NTFS usb drive

I can read/write files within an NTFS external USB drive. I have some problems with large files like AVI/MKV stored on an NTFS external drive. Those files appears greyed into Finder and, always using ...
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What's the fastest application for defragmenting NTFS?

For daily/weekly use, so not copying whole disk/partition to disk/partition. What's the fastest way in Windows to defragment NTFS? Edited to add: This is on a 2 Tb hard drive, used for storage only, ...
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Is it possible to convert an ntfs partition to ext3?

Is it possible to convert an ntfs partition to ext3?
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Is there a Linux tool for changing DOS/Windows file attributes?

I often use a Linux LiveCD (or Puppy on a pen drive) to disinfect Windows machines that are infested with various malware. However, once the malware is gone, you still need to deal with the ...
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File Locked on Flash Drive

I'm completely frustrated. I'm an owner of a OCZ 8GB Rally2 which I've used flawlessly for about 4 months now, and all of a sudden this week I begin getting errors telling me that I can't delete a ...
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Total number of files on an NTFS volume?

I am looking for a fast way of counting the total number of files - and directories - on any NTFS volume. (In an ad-hoc way. That is, given any random box, not a specially prepared volume.) Note: ...
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How can I monitor changes in an NTFS filesystem?

I'm looking for some way or a tool that will give me a report and statistics of all the changes that happen on the filesystem over a period of time. For example I'd like to see all the files that were ...
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How to undelete big file in NTFS? [duplicate]

I made a mistake and deleted a 6/7GB file on an external hard drive with NTFS and now I'm trying to undelete / recover it. I tried with Recuva and the file is there but with filesize 0. it seems NTFS ...
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How to mount an NTFS filesystem, allowing all users full access?

How could I mount an NTFS filesystem in a way that would allow all users full access to it? If I use sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /media/drive, then only the root user can use it. It won't let me ...
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How are filenames stored?

I noticed that renaming a file doesn't change its hash. I also noticed that creating an empty file gives a file of zero bytes, yet it has a filename. Since the filename seems to travel with the file ...
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how to convert NTFS to ext4 in windows?

I want to convert one partition of my windows which is NTFS (or can be FAT32) to a linux file system partitioning? I'm looking for some tools or ways to do it for me!
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How to mount NTFS folder in another NTFS folder

Is there any way to redirect one NTFS folder to another? Say, to access C:\Program Files\Modules through S:\Modules? There is subst for mounting folders as drives, and diskpart and mountvol for ...
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Linux cannot see Windows 7 partitions on install

I've been trying to install Linux as a dual boot with Windows 7 on my Dell latitude e6510. It is currently running Windows 7 and I have used the MS disk tools to shrink the Win 7 NTFS partition to ...
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NTFS permissions - “Inherited from”?

I have a NTFS external hard disk. It was in use primarily with one laptop, but that laptop has since been replaced. With my new laptop, I'm finding all my files are now read-only. The "read-only" ...
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Does moving a file outside NTFS lose data in alternate data streams?

I have a lot of files on a machine running Windows Server 2008 which I wanted to move to a Fedora machine. How can I keep the attributes stored in, for example, media files (date taken, rating, ...
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NTFS symlinks in linux

I have an NTFS formatted drive (from a previous windows installation) and it contains some symlinks (reparse points), For some reason, I can't do anything with these symlinks: I can't go to where ...
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Determine who has created a file in Win XP (NTFS)

Is there a way to determine which user created a file on Win XP with NTFS?
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Give Access to a Subdirectory Without Giving Access to Parent Directories

I have a scenario involving a Windows file server where the "owner" wants to dole out permissions to a group of users of the following sort: \\server\dir1\dir2\dir3: Read & Execute and Write ...
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Is it best to reformat our external Hard drive to exFAT for compatibility with Mac?

I just got one of those Western Digital 2TB Passport external hard drive. Is it true that if I want the iMac running Lion on it to be able to read and write any files on the drive, and to have files ...
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Which built-in windows group should I use for NTFS permissions on dual boot Win7?

I am still using dual-boot on some of my computers, so I have two Windows 7 installations running. Most data is on a partition on a separate hard drive that both installations use. For certain files ...
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NTFS Permissions - Folders and subfolders

Quick scenario on a local Windows system. Drive E: is formatted with NTFS has the following layout and permissions: E:\ (JohnDoe) E:\folder (Administrator) ...
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Writing to NTFS drive in Linux

I've got an external USB drive that is formatted with NTFS mounted on ~/tmp. I can read it just fine, but cannot write to it, even as root (temp is a folder on the USB drive): [root@Plugbox temp]# ...
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How can I delete over 2,000,000 files in a single directory efficiently?

I have over 2,000,000 (that's right, over 2 million) files in 'Temporary Internet Files'. This predicament is the result of a scheduled task that runs a script. After installing Visual Studio, it has ...
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What's the deal with NTFS tags in windows 7

So back in the days of 'longhorn' there was this WinFS idea which was both cool looking and scary looking. Then it seemed to disappear, but we were told that many of the concepts would be rolled into ...
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Avoiding extreme fragmentation of compressed files on NTFS

Problem explanation I'm storing windows disk images created with wbadmin on NTFS drive, and I found compressing then with NTFS compression gives 1.5-2× space conservation, still giving full ...
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What Unix-like filesystem can easily and safely be mounted on both the Mac and Linux?

For a USB drive I'm looking for a file system (and/or fs creation options) that can be mounted without third-party drivers on both a current OS X (>= 10.7.x) and a recent Linux kernel (say stock ...
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file-name encoding problems

I googled over this topic but couldn't find what I was looking for... the following "happend" to me: I had my files stored on a NTFS-USB Harddisk, because of space problems I moved them to an ext3 ...
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How to save a ntfs partition which suddenly became empty

One ntfs partition of my laptop was suddenly wiped out without any notice to me, when I rebooted from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 12.04 today. I am in need of help to save my files on that partition, which ...
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Does BitLocker reduce write reliability?

For the purposes of this question, BitLocker refers to the BitLocker-to-go variety on a disk with write-caching disabled. NTFS supports metadata journaling, which, although not completely failsafe, ...