Windows 11 Is Getting ReFS Support for Enhanced Data Proteciton

Cici updated on Apr 19, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

Key Points:

  • Microsoft is introducing the ReFS file system on Windows 11. This article will take you through the differences between NTFS and ReFS.
  • ReFS is likely to be supported only on the Enterprise, Education, and Workstation editions of Windows 11 for now. In the future, it is expected to become the default version of Windows.
  • The ReFS file system is a hidden feature and must be enabled manually. You cannot convert NTFS to ReFS as you convert FAT.

Microsoft launched Resilient File System (ReFS) in September 2012, the next-generation file system after NTFS, which is based on the NTFS code and solves some of the problems encountered with NTFS.

ReFS is used in Windows Server to maximize data availability. However, Windows 11 is getting ReFS support. A user on Twitter revealed that he enabled the hidden option to install a clean copy of Windows 11 using ReFS. Continue to read, and EaseUS will analyze ReFS and what it means for Windows 11 to get ReFS support.

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ReFS VS NTFS: Why Windows 11 Is Getting ReFS Support

Before we start diving into Windows 11 is getting ReFS support, let's take a brief look at ReFS and how it differs from NTFS and figure out why Windows 11 introduced the ReFS file system:

  • NTFS is the default file system in Windows 11/10 and earlier versions, and it can be used to efficiently store, organize and retrieve files on your hard drive.
  • ReFS was first introduced in Windows Server 2012, and it is the technology that can meet the current needs and overcome the limitations of NTFS.

Here are the main features of the two file system formats:

Features of NTFS Features of ReFS
  • It offers powerful features such as file and folder permissions, encryption, and compression.
  • NTFS cannot be protected from data without the help of CHKDSK.
  • NTFS has limited compatibility and does not have maximum data availability to expand the data set.
  • The maximum files and volumes it supports: 16TB, 256TB.
  • ReFS offers advanced features such as deduplication, data mirroring, and virtualization support.
  • ReFS is compatible with Storage Spanning Volumes technology.
  • It can handle large file sizes and is corruption resilient.
  • The maximum files and volumes it supports: 16EB, 1Yottabyte.

Compared to NTFS, ReFS wins in data availability and scalability but does not support system compression and encryption. ReFS is well suited for large-scale data storage solutions. With built-in support for deduplication, real-time detection and correction of data corruption using advanced algorithms, and the ability to save space on storage devices, ReFS is attractive to users of the enterprise version. This is probably the reason why Windows 11 is getting ReFS support.

?Learn more about the differences and features of NTFS and ReFS: ReFS VS NTFS VS FAT32.

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Windows 11 Is Getting ReFS Support: What Does It Mean

ReFS was previously only available for Windows Server. However, ReFS was introduced in Windows 11 Build 25276, found in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This means that ReFS breaks the Windows Server version limit, and Microsoft introduces a new file system on Windows 11.

ReFS is designed to replace NTFS and prevent data corruption. The Twitter user who revealed support for ReFS was using Windows 11 Professional, and the file system is likely only supported on the Enterprise, Education, and Workstation editions of Windows 11.

Windows 11 can be installed and booted from the ReFS partition, but it is not widely available on Windows 11. Microsoft is still working on ReFS support on Windows 11 at this time. However, Dev Channel's Insiders and Windows Server hint at the possibility of this new file system becoming the default file system on some hardware. All changes are likely to happen later.

Bonus Tip: Can I Convert NTFS to ReFS

ReFS settings can be enabled on Windows through registry editing. Since ReFS has started to be used on Windows 11, Microsoft may say goodbye to NTFS in the future, and some may wonder: can I convert NTFS to ReFS? Unfortunately, Windows does not provide the ability to convert NTFS to ReFS directly. You can only back up the files of a ReFS drive and reformat it.

Windows usually provides several tools to perform formatting tasks. ReFS, a new file system, do not yet support Disk Management. To format the drive to ReFS, it's better to use a professional third-party tool - EaseUS Partition Master Free, which fully supports all Windows systems and several file formats.

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This tool has a simple interface and is easy to use. You can easily change the format to ReFS or any other format you want, even if you are a novice.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Step 2. In the new window, enter the Partition label, choose the FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4 file system, and set the cluster size according to your needs, then click "OK".

Step 3. Then you will see a warning window, click "Yes" in it to continue.

Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition to FAT32/EXT2/EXT3/EXT4.


EaseUS Partition Master is a powerful disk format tool. It can solve the problem of not being able to format disks in Windows 10. It even allows you to easily convert FAT32 to NTFS without deleting data.

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ReFS is designed to replace Microsoft's aging NTFS file system. Windows 11 is getting ReFS support does not mean that it will immediately replace NTFS, which is still widely used as an old and excellent file system. Despite its many advantages, only a few organizations adopted it when it was first introduced.

It is unclear when Microsoft will replace NTFS with ReFS, but seeing that Windows 11 can be installed and booted from the ReFS partition, it seems NTFS's time is running out. The option of converting NTFS to ReFS is not feasible. But you can format your drive to ReFS with EaseUS Partition Master, and you can download this powerful partition manager tool and try it out.

FAQs About Windows 11 Is Getting ReFS Support

This part will offer more questions and answers related to Windows 11 is getting ReFS support; I hope it can solve more of your confusion.

1. How can I enable ReFS in Windows 11?

The ReFS file system is hidden in Windows 11. You can use the Registry Editor or enable the new settings to create drives with ReFS on Windows 11:

Step 1. Open GitHub and download ViveTool-vx.

Step 2. Use File Explorer to open the zip file and extract it.

Step 3. Copy the extracted file and open the command prompt.

Step 4. Enter the command in order and press enter:

  • cd c:\folder\path\ViveTool-v0.x.x
  • vivetool /enable /id:42866187

2. Is ReFS better than ReFS in Windows 11?

ReFS has better performance in protecting data. It supports larger volumes and is suitable for handling large amounts of data. And it can automatically repair data in case of file corruption. While NTFS is designed for various configurations and common uses in the workplace. Compared to NTFS, ReFS is more innovative, but it still has a lot of room for improvement.

3. What Windows system supports ReFS?

Starting with Windows 8.1 and Windows 2012, Microsoft has added ReFS file system support. It supports Windows Server 2022/ 2019/2016/2012 and higher versions of Windows 8.1. (Windows 10 removed ReFS support in the Fall 2017 Creators Update.)

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working at EaseUS for over ten years, starting as a technical writer and moving on to being a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over ten years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Cici

Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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