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What is NTFS File System and NTFS Data Recovery

Posted by Daisy to Storage Media Recovery 2016-08-15

Summary

This page introduces you what is NTFS file system and reliable NTFS data recovery software to help you recover lost files.

What is NTFS?

NTFS or New Technology File System is the standard file system of Windows NT and its descendants Windows 2000, Windows XP/Vista/7 and Windows Server 2003/2008. Windows versions 95, 98, 98SE and ME cannot natively read NTFS file system, although third-party utilities do exist for this purpose.

NTFS is the Windows NT file system. Unlike FAT, NTFS does not use an allocation table but stores information about any file directly with the file. Other operating systems, including Windows 95, 98, ME, and many applications, such as ScanDisk, cannot read NTFS partitions. However, NTFS files or folders that are shared on a network can be accessed by other operating systems. Advantages of NTFS over FAT include faster access to files, more efficient information storage (for example, through a smaller cluster size), better data recovery, integrated file compression, larger disk partitions, and better file security. NTFS is preferred for Windows NT Server because of its better security and fault tolerance features. NTFS partitions also remain relatively unfragmented for long periods of time.

NTFS has five versions: v1.0, v1.1 and v1.2 found in NT 3.51 and NT 4, v3.0 found in Windows 2000 and v3.1 found in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. These versions are sometimes referred to as v4.0, v5.0 and v5.1, after the version of Windows they ship with. NTFS has features to improve reliability, such as transaction logs to help recover from disk failures. To control access to files, you can set permissions for directories and/or individual files. Newer versions added extra features: Windows 2000 introduced quotas. For large applications, NTFS supports spanning volumes, which means files and directories can be spread out across several physical disks.

NTFS Drive Data Recovery Software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition, compatible with Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7, can recover lost files due to deletion, format, raw partition, virus attack, system crash etc. from NTFS drive, external hard drive, hardware RAID, hard drive, USB drive, SD card, memory card, etc.

EaseUS NTFS Data Recovery Software