NTFS partition is able to create long file name, protect data, recover data and realize safety performance via directory and file permission. Besides, NTFS supports large hard disk and stores files on multiple hard disks. These are reasons why many users employ NTFS. How about those users who are currently using FAT partition and is hoping to convert FAT to NTFS? Fortunately, those users could have recourse to a third-party partition manager, such as MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is able to convert FAT to NTFS efficiently without data loss.
Many users have ever heard of the new features and advantages of NTFS file system. It mainly features in safety performance and stability that hardly produces file fragment. Besides, NTFS records user operations and impose strict limitations over user right by allowing each user to perform certain with given rights to insure system and data safety.
NTFS is a Journalling filesystem and uses the NTFS Log to record metadata changes to the volume. It is a critical functionality of NTFS for ensuring that its internal complex data structures will remain consistent in case of system crashes, and allow easy rollback of uncommitted changes to these critical data structures when the volume is remounted. The USN Journal (Update Sequence Number Journal) is a system management feature that records changes to all files, streams and directories on the volume, as well as their various attributes and security settings. The journal is made available for applications to track changes to the volume. This journal can be enabled or disabled on non-system volumes and is not enabled by default for a newly added drive. Sparse files are files which contain sparse data sets, which are files with segments stored at different file offsets with no actual storage space used for the space between segments. When a file is read back, the file system driver returns zeros for any data that doesn't actually exist, so the file may appear to be mostly filled with zeros. Database applications, for instance, sometimes use sparse files. Because of this, Microsoft has implemented support for efficient storage of sparse files by allowing an application to specify regions of empty (zero) data. An application that reads a sparse file reads it in the normal manner with the file system calculating what data should be returned based upon the file offset. As with compressed files, the actual sizes of sparse files are not taken into account when determining quota limits.