Linked by Andrew Hudson on Mon 29th Nov 2010 21:50 UTC
Windows NTFS is the file system used by Windows. It is a powerful and complicated file system. There are few file systems that provide as many features and to fully cover them all would require a book. And in fact there is a book detailing NTFS, and it's already out of date. The purpose of this article is not to cover all of the features of NTFS, nor will it exhaustively cover NTFS features in detail. Instead we will cover its basic structure and then describe some of its more advanced features and provide use examples where possible. We will focus more on what it does, rather than how it does it. Trying to walk the line between informative and detailed is difficult and so this article contains a lot of references for people who hunger for more detail.
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another thing done right
by renhoek on Mon 29th Nov 2010 22:35 UTC
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NTFS rocks, don't let anybody fool you. Transparent compression, encryption, rich acl and a lot of other stuff I don't know about. Too bad some features are not exposed to the interface (hard/soft links for example).

And only after 20 years the cracks start to appear. Throw a few hundred thousand files in a directory and it breaks down. But other than that, i have little to complain.

The absolute crap Microsoft build on top of it is an insult to the original designers. We need more metadata in NTFS, but this is not the way to go. NTFS did its job, it did it well but the time for plain filesystems have passed.

We need something like ZFS for the volume management and BeFS for the metadata and we are good for another 20 years. No rewrite needed ;)

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