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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“This file came from another computer…” - how can I unblock all the files in a folder without having to unblock them individually?

Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista have this deal where zone information is preserved in downloaded files to NTFS partitions, such that it blocks certain files in certain applications until you ...
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Why the heck does NTFS allow invisible executables?

You can hide any file inside of another file just by typing: type sol.exe > container.txt:sol.exe and to run the file hidden file just use: start c:\hide\container.txt:sol.exe But the crazy ...
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Why should I use exFAT over NTFS on removable media?

So, basically I always format my removable mass storage devices as NTFS by default, but someone told me I was better off using exFAT. Now I've been looking around google, but can't find any good ...
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Is NTFS really secure?

I have Mac PC, in which I have created a Windows partition and have installed Windows using Boot Camp. If I log in to the Mac OS, I can read all the files from the Windows partition from Mac. If I ...
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How does NTFS compression affect performance?

I've heard that NTFS compression can reduce performance due to extra CPU usage, but I've read reports that it may actually increase performance because of reduced disk reads. How exactly does NTFS ...
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What is the difference between NTFS hard links and directory junctions?

The title says it all... what's the difference? When do I use one and when do I use the other? Added: Note that Junction points, Hard links and Symbolic (soft) links are three separate things on ...
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How do I remove a file named “NUL” on Windows?

I have a Windows XP box (NTFS filesystem) on which I found a file named NUL. I have not been able to remove this file in any usual way. The file appears to be owned by Administrator in the SYSTEM ...
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Why did defragmenting C drive increase my free disk space by 10 GB?

I used Defraggler to defragment free space on my 100 GB C:\ drive which was 85 GB full. After defragmentation, the drive showed only 75 GB full. How did 10 GB  of free space ...
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Why don't file managers use the Master File Table for instant search results? [closed]

I've just discovered UltraSearch and was blown away by its file and folder search speed. It's instantaneous. And doesn't use any indexing service. It simply uses the NTFS Master File Table, which ...
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Formatting a partition: What should the “allocation unit size” be?

I'm formatting a 1TB external hard drive as NTFS. This drive is mainly meant for storing media such as music and video. What should I choose for the allocation unit size setting? The options range ...
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Max files per directory on NTFS vol vs FAT32

What's the max number of files that can be present in a directory on a NTFS volume? Same question for a directory for FAT32 volume?
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Permissionless external drive with NTFS

I have an external hard disk which has 1 partition, formatted in NTFS. I use this drive on multiple computers with a different logins on different machines, Windows XP and Windows 7. All files are ...
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How to delete files and folders that cannot be deleted?

I have a backup copy of a previous Windows' Documents and Settings folder which only contains my original user and within 2 more directories: Favorites and Local Settings. When I try to delete Local ...
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Does Windows 8 have to be installed on NTFS?

Does Windows 8 need to be installed on an NTFS partition or does it just like to be on one? If I installed it on NTFS and then copied all its files on to a FAT32 partition would it work or would it ...
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How to mount an NTFS partition read-only in Windows?

I feel like this is a really simple and fundamental function that Windows should have, but so far Google has been telling me it isn't possible. How can I mount an NTFS partition read-only in Windows? ...
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Using mklink /h results in “Access is denied.”

From command prompt with Administrator privilages: c:\>mklink /h c:\dirA c:\Users\Piotr\dirB Access is denied. I'm on Vista x64. Using /j or /d instead of /h works. What's the problem? Related: ...
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What are “reparse records”?

My computer just did a chkdisk, and when it finished processing file records, it said it had processed "44 reparse records". What exactly are they?
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limit of 21842 files in a directory?

Copying files using Fedora 16 from EXT2 to a NTFS 2TB drive. Discovered that when recursively copying directories of many files, copying stops at file 21842 in each directory... then cp -r moves on ...
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Why is NTFS case sensitive?

I personally thought that NTFS was case insensitive, since you can type cmd, CMD, cMd or even CmD and still get the command prompt. However, why is it that during a CHKDSK x: /f /r, sometimes it fixes ...
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Why can't normal users on Windows create symbolic links?

Beginning with Windows Vista NTFS gained the ability to represent symbolic links to files (as opposed to directory junctions). Also the mklink utility appeared. However, non-administrative users can't ...
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How to copy files to read-only NTFS hard drive on a Mac

I want to copy my some files from Mac (Macbook-Air) to a USB external hard drive, formatted as NTFS. How is it possible? Because when I do copy my files from the Mac and go to paste them on the ...
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Bad NTFS performance

Why is it that NTFS performance is so lousy compared to, for example, Linux/ext3? Most often I see this when checking out (large) source trees from Subversion. Checkout takes around 10-15 minutes on ...
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Is it possible to determine when a NTFS partition was created?

We have a client where it would be very useful to determine WHEN a drive was a initialized or an NTFS partition created. Is there a timestamp value somewhere? If anyone could shed any advice it ...
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How do you make Windows 7 fully case-sensitive with respect to the filesystem?

I want to make Windows 7 case-sensitive when it reads/writes anything on the hard drive (the C drive, or any other NTFS drive). I found a video via google that says to change the registry key ...
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Reformat SD card to NTFS

I want to reformat a 16 GB SD card to NTFS so that I can use it to transfer large files (larger than 4 GB) from one computer to another easily, but my computer will only allow FAT ...
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Scenario - NTFS Symbolic Link or Junction?

Differences ┌───────────────┬──────────┬──────────┬──────┬───────────┬─────┐ │ │ Absolute │ Relative │ File │ Directory │ UNC │ ...
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How to fix a damaged/corrupted NTFS filesystem/partition without losing the data on it?

I was going to install Fedora 15 along side my Windows 7 Starter on my Acer Apire One D255E and at some point during the resizing of the NTFS partition (the one with Windows on it) the setup failed. ...
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How to hide desktop.ini files without hiding other hidden files/folders?

Is there anyway to hide desktop.ini files, but unhide them when I need them? They get in the way when I'm moving files and such but I do use them so deleting them isn't an option.
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How to bind old user's SID to new user to remain NTFS file ownership and permissions after freshly reinstall of Windows?

Each time we reinstalled Windows, it will create a new SID for user even the username is as same as before. // example (not real SID format, just show the problem) user SID -------------------- ...
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Using NTFS hard links to combine full/differential backups

Short: Is it possible to (robo)copy a directory tree using hard links instead of physical copy? I want to make a daily backup of my data files, every day in it's own directory. Now most files don't ...
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Can I increase the reliability of my hard drive by using less of its' capacity?

I have a used 3TB SATA hard drive kicking around that I am planning to use as a replacement in a Win 7 box. I don't need all this capacity so was I thinking if I format it to 1TB I would increase ...
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Which file system to use for a large (1 TB) external hard drive?

I've got a 1 TB hard disk drive which is currently formatted as NTFS. I've recently learned about exFAT. I'm connecting this drive via USB. Which filesystem should I use for this large hard disk drive ...
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How do you defragment the MFT on an NTFS disk?

A while ago, I nearly filled my hard drive, much more than the recommended maximum of 85% of capacity. I believe that NTFS started storing files in the space reserved for the Master File Table (MFT) ...
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NTFS alternate stream in compressed archive?

Does any of the major compressed archive formats in Windows (e.g. zip, rar, 7z) support NTFS alternate data stream?
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Convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data

I understand that you can convert a FAT32 drive to NTFS without formatting or backing up the data and later restoring - is the same thing possible in the other direction? I want to convert my NTFS ...
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Is NTFS on Ubuntu stable?

Is NTFS support stable enough to use safely? I believe you have to install an additional package to make it work.
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NTFS as Ubuntu home directory

I intend to use an NTFS partition as the home directory for an Ubuntu installation, will that work?
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Are there any negative effects of disabling the Last Access timestamp?

In Windows, you can disable the last accessed timestamp by setting NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate to 1, for instance by executing this from the command line (the computer must be restarted before it ...
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Windows with a better filesystem

From my observations as a Java developer working on Windows workstations, NTFS is slow compared to Linux filesystems. Question is, is there anything in the NTFS driver that can be manually tuned, for ...
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Why is an Ext4 disk check so much faster than NTFS?

I had a situation today where I restarted my computer and it said I needed to check the disk for consistancy. About 10 minutes later (at "1%" complete), I gave up and decided to let it run when I go ...
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What can I do about Windows 7 Backup error 0x81000037, apparently caused by reparse points?

I've been getting this error: 0x81000037: Windows Backup failed while trying to read from the shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up trying to take a Windows backup of my workstation ...
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Renaming an Invalid Filename in NTFS

Recently, I loaned my flash disk to one of my friends, who had Mac OS. He copied a file on it, whose name included a backslash (\). The flash disk is NTFS formatted. Windows does not allow such ...
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corrupt NTFS filesystem, how to recover files in folder?

I lost a folder with important data, and would like to know what's the best way to procede in order to recover the files. this is what happened: after booting up windows (vista), i received the ...
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Running chkdsk on a disk partition without a drive letter

I have a hard drive that shows up in Disk Management as having two partitions. One of the partitions says 69.71GB and that's it. The other says 4.82GB and, underneath that, Healthy (OEM Partition). ...
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How can I check the actual size used in an NTFS directory with many hardlinks?

On a Win7 NTFS volume, I'm using cwrsync which supports --link-dest correctly to create "snapshot" type backups. So I have: z:\backups\2010-11-28\cygdrive\c\Users\... ...
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How does WUBI handle partitions upon shutdown?

Alright, so, basically, I'm trying to boot up Gentoo in a manner similar to WUBI; I have an installation on an ext4-formatted loopback file, BURG installed under the Windows Bootloader, and the ...
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fsck an ntfs drive in Linux

Is there a way to fsck/chkdsk an NTFS drive from Linux?
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How can I find all symlinks in Windows Vista or 7?

I'm looking for a way to search for all the symbolic links on a NTFS filesystem on Windows Vista or 7. It would be even better if I could specify a specific target to see if it has any symlinks ...
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How to run chkdsk if I can't boot to Windows

I have a NTFS partition with Windows XP but it has bad sectors and it can't boot. It's a SATA drive and the Windows CD can't access it because it's missing it's drivers, I don't have a floppy drive ...
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Kernel NTFS driver vs NTFS-3G

A more comprehensive phrased question since I lost access to the other one. I would ask that the other one be deleted, not this one, as it should not have been migrated in the first place. There are ...