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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What is Reserved MFT Space?

When I look at the drive map of Defraggler, I see a large section that I would estimate is about 4 Gigs that is Reserved MFT space. I am running XP Home. This is an older machine and I am running out ...
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Converting FAT32 to NTFS without formatting (server 2008)

I have a FAT32 partition in windows server 2008 machine. How can I convert the partition to NTFS without formatting? My intention is to resize the partition and add some more space to my primary ...
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How to get full permissions on non-install NTFS drive?

After building a new computer, I'd like to copy the contents of my old Windows XP box's harddrive to have access to any important data on it that I might not be thinking of right now. But when I ...
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How to delete Windows NTFS hard link (mklink /h) while original is in use?

On a Windows NTFS file system, I have a file (say, orig.mp3). I open this file, through this path orig.mp3, in such a way that it is in use (say, by playing it in VLC). Then I create a hard link ...
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Copy to another NTFS disk and preserve hard links

I have to copy directory structure from one local NTFS disk to another (Windows 7+) and preserve hard links that exist within this directory structure. An acceptable solution would be to replace hard ...
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External HDD i/o device error can't format or read

I'm using a 160GB Hitachi External HDD. When I was creating partitions, I accidentally formatted it from NTFS to RAW. I tried to format it back to NTFS, but I got an error ("could not format"). I ...
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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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How do I read and write to NTFS drive on Mac OS Lion

I have tried the following solutions without success: Paragon NTFS Tuxera NTFS http://osxfuse.github.com/ http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/2010/10/ntfs-3g-for-mac-os-x-2010102.html All of them allow ...
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How could a directory transform into a Unix file?

I have an NTFS hard drive which I've been reading/writing to on my iMac using NTFS-3G / Tuxera. The reason that it's NTFS formatted is because it came out of my old PC. Its singular function is the ...
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Tool to repair MFT or NTFS journal on a disk which underwent failed hibernation

I've read through some of the posts related to corrupt or not working NTFS partitions, but without a proper solution for my case. Here it is: my system is SSD on mini PCI express (PCIe), with ...
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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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What filesystem to have on my USB-harddrive; FAT32 or NTFS?

This is a spin-off from another question I have regarding backup. I'm encountering trouble copying large files (above 4GB) to my USB HDD (same in english). I believe that this is a limitation with the ...
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Benefits of converting Data partition from NTFS to FAT32

Desktop PC with internal SSD is running Windows XP SP3 and partitioned as below. Over time I've come to learn that NTFS does many more read/write operations than FAT32 thus possibly reducing 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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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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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 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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Does NTFS (or any file system) support files outside of the partition?

So on my C: drive, there was a file called BOOTSECT.BAK. Not knowing what it is, I opened it up in HxD and the first 14 bytes were B \0 O \0 O \0 T \0 M \0 G \0 R \0 corresponding to the UTF-16LE ...
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Resize primary partition

I have a hard drive with the folowing partition table 12Gb Primary Partition (ntfs) 140Gb Extended Partition (ntfs) I want to install Windows 7 and I need more space for the Primary Partition. The ...
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File recovery: How can I make a non-destructive copy of a (NTFS) partition?

I want to recover some deleted files from a healthy NTFS partition on an undamaged hard-disk. In order to leave the partition undisturbed, i plan to use dd to clone the partition to a raw image file ...
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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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Why does NTFS compression take up a lot of space?

To save some disk space I figured it might be a good idea to compress the VMware vSphere Client I have installed because I almost never use it. I was surprised to find that it had the exact opposite ...
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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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“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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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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Can't shrink to available partition volume in Windows [duplicate]

I have 1TB HDD with 800GB free space plus a typical System Reserved partition. I removed system files before shrinking in Disk Management since suggested shrinking size was no more than 100GB ...
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NTFS Permissions - Create Files and Folder but prevent Deletion and Modification

Objective: A shared folder to which users can create files but not modify or delete them. Users should also be able to create subfolders. I have granted my security group the following advanced NTFS ...
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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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Copy Files from One Drive to Another and Keep Hard-Link in Windows

I have drive A: with 16G Space and plenty of files, due to the Hard-link feature in NTFS, the files together is 15G but only takes 2G of real space. I like to copy all those files to drive B: which ...
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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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Is it possible to mount a TrueCrypt volume to a NTFS mount point?

The question is simple really. Under Linux etc.. you can mount TrueCrypt volumes, files or partitions, to any mount point of your choosing whereas in Windows the interface only shows drive letters. ...
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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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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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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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100% reliable directory copy on Windows systems (NTFS)

Is there a directory copying method for NTFS that can copy a directory 100% accurately, every time, with every single file, sub-directory, permission, attribute, and symbolic link / junction intact ...
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Corrupted NTFS Drive showing multiple unallocated partitions

My external hdd with a single NTFS partition was accidentaly plugged out (kids!)... and is now corrupted. Iv tried running ntfsfix - with no luck - output below.. When I look at the disk under disk ...
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Can append only NTFS files become corrupted if power goes out?

NTFS journals metadata so the file system itself doesn't corrupt if the machine goes down. I read this is not the case for file data itself. But what if the data is only appended at the end of the ...
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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. According to the ...
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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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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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Will a EXT4 Samba Share be readable by Windows/Mac OS X users?

If I share my ext4 drive by SMB will a Windows/OSX user be able to read/write to it WITHOUT installing additional drivers to their machine?
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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 ...