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 And in fact there is a book detailing NTFS, and it's already out of date.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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rcsteiner
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2005-07-12

Microsoft's Gordon Letwin developed HPFS for the joint Microsoft and IBM OS/2 project, and I used it for years here with very few issues.

I've always found it interesting that MS allowed that filesystem to completely disappear from its radar. It was pretty good tech...

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

AFAIK it was IBM that owned HPFS. This probably explains why MS didn't want to use it: Why use a FS designed by people employed by your competitor when you have a perfectly good in-house FS?

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