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what is NTFS ?

By y_siline ·
what ntfs stand for?

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New Technology File System.

by tbragsda In reply to what is NTFS ?

Better than give you the story, I did a google search and over 3m hits, including and a web def hit.

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by TheChas In reply to what is NTFS ?

As stated above, NTFS stands for New Technology File System.

Now somewhat of a misnomer since NTFS was first used with Windows NT some 8 years ago.

The big differences between NTFS and FAT file systems is that cluster size is smaller with NTFS and NTFS has better file recovery and security options.

With Windows XP, the only reason to use FAT32 is if you have a dual boot system and need to share files with Windows 98.


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by AcesKaraoke In reply to NTFS

As TheChas said it has much smaller cluster sizes which allow you more efficiently utilize your hard drive space especially with large HD's (4gig or more, which is pretty much all HD's now). NTFS offers greater security with file encryption available. You can also use on-the-fly compression with NTFS, but not at the same time as encryption (it's one or the other for each file or folder).

NTFS can be used with Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.

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Here's your answer

by dbucyk In reply to what is NTFS ?

NTFS (New Technology Files System) was developed by Microsoft for the use of an operating system to be more secure and stable.

They aimed to make the File Allocation Table smaller as well as gave the administrator more control over the operating system while letting users only see what they needed to.

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