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What is NTFS?

What is NTFS? File System in an operating system provides a way to organize files and manage the drives. It specifies how data will be stored in the form of file and folders and provides the metadata about the files like name, permission, size and other attributes.

FAT32, exFAT and NTFS are file systems used by the Windows Operating System. FAT32 is the oldest one, exFAT is a replacement of FAT32 and is compatible on multiple devices. NTFS is the latest file system.

What is NTFS?

NTFS stands for New Technology File System. NTFS is a modern file system used by Windows systems. It is a default file system for windows systems, it is because the system drive is formatted with NTFS file system when Windows OS is installed. NTFS file system was first seen in consumer versions of Windows XP; it was originally known as Windows NT.

NTFS file system has very high limits of file size and partition size, thus there are no chances of user running up against it. NTFS has advanced features that cannot be found on FAT32 and exFAT file systems. Also, it supports file permissions for security. Another important features that NTFS provide are shadow copies for backups, encryption, disk quota limits, and hard links. NTFS is compatible with all Windows versions, read-only compatible with Mac OS, and partially compatible with Linux distributions.

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