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How does an NTFS partition affect computer performance?

I have a late-2008 MacBook running Yosemite with 2GB of RAM. For years I have had two external hard drives, one for my Surface Pro 2, and one for this Mac, or so I thought. But after plugging my Mac hard drive into my PC to look at the file list, I found that I could no longer mount the hard drive on my Mac (?!). All the files are still there, accessible and editable on my PC. This seems like witchcraft, but I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation. [more inside]
posted by ananci on Dec 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Undoing chkdsk recovery for "invalid file names"?

I accidentally deleted the System Volume Information folder in an external NTFS formatted drive. Today after a reboot to install updates windows 7 automatically ran chkdsk, which flipped over the table in rage. Specifically, it did the following for thousands of files generated on linux with names it considers invalid: [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat on Jul 4, 2015 - 2 answers

How to create a hard link or symbolic link from NTFS to FAT32?

How to create a hard link or symbolic link pointing from a folder on NTFS C:\ to a folder on FAT32 USB SD card? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Mar 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Mac disk utility problem - data missing

Never thought I would be posting a question along these lines, but here we go. So I had an external hard disk with two partitions. One NTFS and one HFS+. The NTFS partition was empty. I wanted to use the NTFS partition with Time Machine so I used Disk Utility to reformat it HFS+. When the format had completed, yes, the NTFS partition was now HFS+ BUT the other partition had disappeared. When I looked at it in disk utility it had a name like "disk32s". [more inside]
posted by dance on Feb 23, 2014 - 5 answers

Used disk utility to reformat a partition...

and that worked just great...only it did something to the other partition which has caused it not to mount, to refer to itself as disk3s5. It refuses to mount and if I click "verify disk" it says the disk needs to be repaired and to click repair disk. When I do so I get "disk utility can't repair the disk". So what on Earth did disk utility do to the other partition which I did not ask it to touch? The original job was completed because the file system of the other partition was NTFS and it's now MacOS Extended. Any ideas?
posted by dance on Feb 16, 2014 - 2 answers

Datamining of my local filesystem

I would like to harvest file-system activity from my operating system on an ongoing basis so that in the future I can look back on the data to see what files I was working on at a given time. I'm using windows 7. Basically something like the web history in a browser, but for my local files and applications. [more inside]
posted by Popcorn on Jan 5, 2014 - 5 answers

What filesystem should I use to share between windows mac and linux?

I have a 1TB external hard drive that I want to use with Linux, Mac & Windows 7. What filesystem should I format it with? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Fun with Mac drives on my PC

I have an external drive, formatted for Mac, that needs a scheduled back-up in a Windows 7 environment (or some other solution). [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Jun 26, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive?

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones on Jul 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Doesn't seem all that jaunty to me.

I'm trying to copy some windows files to an external USB drive so I can wipe the disk. I am doing this under Ubuntu Jaunty because it won't stay up in XP due to malware (not even long enough to scan the drive, but I'm don't need to repair the system. I just want to get some files off it.) [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Apr 23, 2011 - 13 answers

My thumb drive is bad at math

Why won't a 5 gig .avi file fit on my empty 8 gig thumb drive? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Apr 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Best large File inter-operable file system?

What is the most inter-operable file system that can handled files larger then 4GB? (i.e. DVD iso files at 4.7GB or uncompressed AVI that are larger then 4GB.) Best would be something that Windows XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu/other linux flavors, and Mac could all read and write. [more inside]
posted by wonderfullyrich on Dec 22, 2010 - 11 answers

Corrupt NTFS filesystem, can't get into the repair console.

My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Nov 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Reinstall Windows dealing with NTFS permissions

I'm a few weeks away from rebuilding my PC with Windows 7 and need help understanding how to deal with NTFS permissions. [more inside]
posted by chrisch on Oct 21, 2009 - 5 answers

My server needs more space!

One of my servers needs more space, but due to several reasons I can't add space directly to the server... [more inside]
posted by gregr on Sep 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Best partition size for 1tb NTFS drive?

Is there any speed advantage to partitioning a 1 TB hard drive? I plan on using it as an NTFS drive in Windows XP SP3. It's primary purpose will be mass storage for my pictures and media so it will be read a lot. My OS and Program Files reside on another physical drive.
posted by patrad on Aug 14, 2009 - 17 answers

Restore Deleted NTFS Drive?

FileSystemHelp: I really messed up while installing Windows 7. I wasn't paying attention and marked my secondary drive for deletion (clicked on the drive, clicked delete). I then realized that this was my 1TB drive, with all of my files and pictures on it. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Aug 2, 2009 - 4 answers

NTFS, I hate you

I have a 300gb SATA drive, NTFS formatted, that has most of my movies & music on it. After a lengthy move and installing a new operating system on a different drive, it's done something I never have seen before: about half the files on the disk point to some random location of the disk, so movie files go to the middle of MP3s, MP3s go to random places in entirely unrelated MP3s, etc. It's a massive mess. I ran the NTFS repair utility (without doing a backup, stupid) and it only had the effect of setting about half of the affected files' sizes to zero. I'm fairly sure at this point it's a lost cause, and I'll save what I can & reformat, but has anyone run into this problem before? Is there some magical way out? What on earth could have caused it?
posted by devilsbrigade on Jul 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Convert FAT32 to NTFS without data loss

Is it possible to convert an external drive that is FAT32 to NTFS on Windows Vista without any data loss on the drive?
posted by NoMich on Mar 22, 2009 - 5 answers

What is the proper way to safely unplug USB drives?

I've heard many different explanations about how to unplug drives in Windows XP. Some insist on using the removal tool and others just yank it out. So actually i have a matter of questions which i hope someone with the proper expertise can answer. [more inside]
posted by kampken on Jan 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Recover files from NTFS disk image?

A relative's Windows XP (NTFS) machine was accidentally reinstalled from a recovery partition. We need to recover as much as possible from this reformatted disk. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Dec 28, 2008 - 6 answers

How to merge (not replace) NTFS permissions using Robocopy

I am currently attempting to migrate files from an NT 4.0 file server to a NetApp filer appliance. Our current copy process (using Robocopy) will replace the target permissions with the source permissions. We would prefer to merge source permissions with target permissions, leaving any differing target permissions intact. [more inside]
posted by MrHappyGoLucky on Sep 24, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I mount a FAT32 drive on Vista?

I've got about 200 GB of files on my old Mac that I need to put on my shiny new Vista-running laptop. I've got a 300 GB USB drive. This should be easy... [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In on Sep 15, 2008 - 7 answers

NTFS folder timestamp metadata

In NTFS if you have a file at the bottom of a directory tree like c:\a\b\c\d\file.txt and the file is modified (thereby changing the time/date stamp on the file) is there some way of detecting that by looking at information (err metadata?) in the folder node itself - in other words does NTFS flag a folder as containing items that have changed. Because right now it seems like the timestamp for d\ is fixed at the time it was first created and does not change when its contents change. We want to write a program that will let us know that we should look in some folder because it knows something changed in there. we want to have to avoid drilling down and looking at the files because there are jazillions of them. [more inside]
posted by Barrows on Sep 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Sunday computer problems..... ahhh yeah.

First time with formatting partitions or installing linux. [more inside]
posted by thatguyryan on Jun 22, 2008 - 4 answers

How can I share a mounted NTFS volume over AFP?

Networkfilter: I have a NTFS volume mounted on my OS X Server box. I'd like to access it over the net using AFP. It's not showing up as an available AFP share. What gives? [more inside]
posted by DLWM on Jun 15, 2008 - 4 answers

My computer's gone HAL on me!

It appears that chkdsk has corrupted some of my files. How can I stop this happening? [more inside]
posted by edbyford on May 6, 2008 - 9 answers


I think I'm finally switching to Ubuntu on my main machine. I have two 160GB external drives, currently both with NTFS, currently mirrored (by software, not a RAID). With what and how should I format/use these guys? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Mar 14, 2008 - 8 answers

Connect my drive to my mac please!

How do I connect my NTFS hard drive to my new mac? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 on Sep 26, 2007 - 5 answers

NTFS hard drive keeps switching to RAW.

Why does my hard drive keep losing it's file system and switching from NTFS to RAW? [more inside]
posted by itchylick on Sep 22, 2007 - 2 answers

All the programs in the world and I can't find this one

How do I change Extended File Attributes (also known as NTFS File Attributes) like Title, other than one at a time? [more inside]
posted by EllenC on May 26, 2007 - 4 answers

How do I recover a lost filesystem that has been partially overwritten?

I accidentally formatted my NTFS drive with HFS and wrote some data on it. Now how do I recover whatever is left? >>>Any filesystem experts around here? [more inside]
posted by oneous on Apr 26, 2007 - 6 answers

Partitioning Wizard My Ass . . .

An unlucky series of partition moves, copies and resizes has led to GPartEd saying my NTFS partition is one size, but windows thinking it's another. What the Christ? Seemingly impossible screenshots and [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee on Apr 22, 2007 - 9 answers

Some music doesn't load in iTunes for XP but works fine on Mac

Some music copied from an Mac drive to a Windows drive doesn't load in iTunes on Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard on Mar 14, 2007 - 5 answers

File systems for Mac and PC

I just bought my first Mac and I keep finding conflicting reports when it comes to file systems. All of my music and photos are on an external drive, formatted NTFS. Will OS X be able to read/write to it, or will I have to backup the files and reformat? I still need to be able to connect the external HD to a PC on occasion, but it will primarily be used with the Mac. Thanks in advance!
posted by emoeby on Feb 22, 2007 - 12 answers

Too many files?

Is it possible for Windows 2000/XP (or more properly, an NTFS disk volume) to "collapse" under the weight of too many files? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Feb 1, 2007 - 12 answers

Partitions, windows’ and linux, Oh My!

I’ve got a new 400gb drive heading my way, plus a free copy of Vista. What is the best way to rebuild my system, with XP, Vista sharing files etc. with maybe a little Ubuntu thrown in? There’s [more inside]
posted by nazca on Dec 18, 2006 - 7 answers

How can I reuse a Windows hard drive as an external Mac hard drive without losing my data?

How can I reuse a Windows hard drive as an external Mac hard drive without losing my data? [more inside]
posted by frenchbenj on Dec 4, 2006 - 6 answers

Could turning on disk compression actually speed up disk access?

Could turning on hard drive compression actually speed up access on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Nov 25, 2006 - 10 answers

The blue screen of death is alive and well

Please help me recover my hosed NTFS partition(s). [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 17, 2006 - 12 answers

Can't get to my files!

Please help get my files inaccessible accessible so I can work on the train tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on Oct 8, 2006 - 3 answers

NTFS partition resize woes.

While trying to install Ubuntu Linux, I used their installer's included partitioner(gparted) to try to resize my NTFS windows XP partition. In doing so I ran afoul of this bug. [more inside]
posted by apathy0o0 on Aug 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Help fixing a hosed NTFS

Big help needed, Windows corrupted most of my NTFS disk... [more inside]
posted by lundman on Jun 19, 2006 - 6 answers

I reinstalled Windows and now I can't access my encrypted files on my NTFS external drive...

I reinstalled Windows and now I can't access my encrypted files on my NTFS external drive... [more inside]
posted by who else on Feb 25, 2006 - 12 answers

Does not play well with others.

I've searched Apple Forum, iPod Lounge, and others, yet have not been able to get a satisfactory answer. I need a plan, a strategy if you will, concerning iTunes for Windows on my Toshiba, iTunes for Mac on my iBook, an NTFS formatted external drive, and an iPod...too many elements. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Dec 15, 2005 - 12 answers

Combining and changing partitions

I just received a new Acer laptop. The hard drive is 100GB, but it arrived divided into two partitions. According to the Windows XP Professional disk management window, the drive is divided as follows ... [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Aug 11, 2005 - 22 answers

How do I backup NTFS's $Secure ?

Anyone know of a way to backup/restore the $Secure metadata file in NTFS? Preferably something that wouldn't require a full backup/restore of the entire file system?
posted by yeoz on Jul 14, 2005 - 4 answers

Is there a program that will reconstruct an NTFS file?

WindowsXPsupportfilter: Wow. My hard drive is all kind of messed up. Looking for a program that will reconstruct an NTFS file partition. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by monkeyman on Dec 18, 2004 - 5 answers

Why will Windows only let me format a hard drive to half its capacity?

Why will Windows only let me format a hard drive to half its capacity? [MI] [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Aug 25, 2004 - 8 answers

NTFS vs Fat32

I'm a Mac head formatting a partition on my Windows 2000 Prof box - What's the difference between NTFS and Fat32? Which should I choose?
posted by jalexei on Mar 12, 2004 - 8 answers

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