1.    17 Jun 2015 #1

    The File System in Windows 10

    I was just wondering whether there has been any mention of updates for NTFS. I remember some time ago they were thinking of changing away from NTFS but that never happened.

    So do we know if NTFS has been changed/modified in any way for Windows 10?
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       17 Jun 2015 #2

    I haven't noticed any change from NTFS on my computers. I've not heard of any possible change but with drive sizes getting larger I wouldn't be surprised if change were coming.
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  3.    18 Jun 2015 #3

    I have a 3tb drive and had to use gpt instead of mbr for it.
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       18 Jun 2015 #4

    swarfega said: View Post
    I have a 3tb drive and had to use gpt instead of mbr for it.
    Always been that way. MBR is limited to 2TB. my 2.5TB drive was defaulted to MBR...so I only had access to 2TB.

    Doubt there's been much besides stability improvements.
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  5.    18 Jun 2015 #5

    I'm kinda guessing here but if you did an upgrade to Windows 10 your file system would remain the same, whereas if you did a clean install they'd use any newer one.
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       18 Jun 2015 #6

    There have probably been minor changes to the NTFS code but I doubt there there has been any significant changes to the on disk structure. Changes to the latter have potential compatibility issues and would not be made lightly.
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       18 Jun 2015 #7

    Nah. lol.

    NTFS format is v3.1 since 2001 with no changes.
    The only thing you can change is how the OS handles the file system.
    There are no structural changes to a file system itself unless you name it NTFS2 and it is a different file system then.

    The last change was txf introduced with vista. And maybe oplocks, but they dont really count because they are basically separated from the file system type. Most changes concerning NTFS are operating system features... like efs for example or oplocks, txf...
    You don't change NTFS itself for that to work.
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  8.    18 Jun 2015 #8

    Hi there

    Don't forget also "Storage spaces" which works BETTER than RAID in a lot of cases. You can aggregate DIFFERENT sizes of HDD as well to create a large aggregate volume.


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       18 Jun 2015 #9

    Microsoft hasn't contemplated moving away from NTFS since before Vista, which was at that time a project known as Object File System. There is the new ReFS, but this isn't a filesystem you can boot from, so that will not replace NTFS anytime soon.
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