NTFS is the primary file system of all modern versions of Windows.

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NTFS volume GUID

I'm currently experimenting with my own backup software, and just wondered where the NTFS volume GUID (i.e. the one that appears as \?\Volume{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}) is actually stored, ...
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Deleted files on network drive from user A show up in user B's local recycle bin

A customer relayed to us the issue that one of his users (user B) discovered sensitive documents in his recycle bin, which another user (user A) apparently deleted on a mapped network drive. Now, I ...
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Why does chkdsk take a long time on one particular index?

I have a large set of data (about nine million files of various sizes and types; mostly student home directories) and when I run chkdsk on the volume it spends a long time on a particular index. By ...
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In NTFS, what's the difference between sector size, block size and cluster size?

For example, I have a volume with the following info extracted from ntfsinfo: $ sudo ntfsinfo -m /dev/sdb1 Volume Information Name of device: /dev/sdb1 Device state: 11 Volume ...
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Does RAID1 also checks for corruption? [closed]

I have two 1.5 TB disks, and I don't trust both of them because of weird noises and bad clusters. I was wondering if I put them in a software RAID1 array (mirrored volume in Win7) it will write my ...
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What is the best way to fix NTFS file permissions to inherit parent?

When XP clients move files on the same volume, the permissions are moved with it. With Windows 7 clients and up, when a file is moved, the permissions are inherited. Unfortunately, we still have a ...
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Mac clients accessing a Windows NTFS share resetting permissions at deeper folder levels. Why?

Here's the setup: Windows 2008 server c:\share folder with the following permissions (read, read/write are not important at this point, I don't think): User1 User2 c:\share\add_user3 folder with ...
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File/Folder permissions on Windows file server will only work from the top down

We have a 2008 R2 server hosting most of our network shares. Lately we have been locking down the permissions in the folders to give only certain users and groups access to certain folders, but we ...
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What's the maximum theoretical data transfer throughput of NTFS?

Recently I was at a local user group meeting where the presenter noted that the maximum throughput of the NTFS IO stack was 1 GBps. He substantiated his claim by simultaneously copying two large files ...
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Windows 8 NTFS errors only when on adapter [closed]

We have a very strange error with a brand new ASUS Notebook S550CA, + Windows 8 64 bits Single language + 500 GB Hitach HDD (type: HTS545050A7E380). if the laptop is running on battery power, the ...
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Prevent Administrators from accessing each others folders on Windows Server 2008

I have a Windows 2008 server running a Rails App, owned by one of our Hardware engineers. Now one of our marketing guys created another rails app and my boss wants me to put it on that same server. ...
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Restore file permissions after rsync on ntfs

When messing around with partitions under Windows when I tried to format empty space of the hard drive to have it in Windows, I messed something up and cfdisk told me that all the partitions did not ...
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Sector number for NTFS details

I have a SSD on which I created a NTFS volume. Which LBA/Sector contains the NTFS information like the sample below? 0000: EB 52 90 4E 54 46 53 20 20 20 20 00 02 08 00 00 .R.NTFS ..... ...
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Windows Server NTFS volume list file name encodings and any illegal file names

I'm having to deal with a Windows Server (NTFS) file server and our backup application appears to be failing with certain files. According to this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTFS#Internals NTFS ...
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How can find out how much space I'll save with NTFS compression before compressing?

Is there a way to estimate how much space I would save by compressing a folder with NTFS compression without actually compressing the folder? This is on a Windows 2008 R2 server in case that makes a ...
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How to duplicate NTFS permissions from one user to another?

Is there a way to duplicate a user's NTFS permissions to another user? For example, the boss says, "Bob needs the exact same access to this folder as Tom". There are too many files and folders to ...
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Offline identification of Windows version

I am trying to customize a Clonezilla Live iso to be able to conveniently take snapshots of different Windows installations (XP, Vista, Win7, Win8). Ideally I would like to boot the machine on a CD ...
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KVM WinXP guest on physical drive

I want to migrate my Windows VM from VMware player to KVM. All documents I found deal with disk images, however my current VM is installed on real NTFS filesystem, located on separate SATA drive. Is ...
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Permissions on files created by Linux in NTFS

I'm trying to mount NTFS filesystem in Linux with the following settings: In Linux all files and directories in NTFS should be owned by root and have a group win. Permissions should be set to 775. ...
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Dynamically allocating limited disk space per user on NTFS

I'm designing a module that needs to allocate dynamic, limited disk space per user. Based on a large NTFS filesystem, I want each user to tell me how much space he want's extended to him, and then ...
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Vmware Tools potentially locking files/folders on Windows Server

I have a Windows 2008 R2 X64 server running on Vmware ESXi. Originally it was running on Hyper-V, but I have since converted the VHD to a VMDK and migrated to ESXi. I also installed VMware Tools. ...
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How do I allow an administrator with full control of a file to actually do anything with the file in Windows Server 2008 R2?

I have moved a windows script to a new machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 (from a machine running 2000). The first thing the script does is rename a text file in the same folder as the script. ...
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Is it possible to list all permissions where I don't have access

I'm looking for a way to recursively go through my entire file share ( fairly large 3TB of files ) and list out all files/folders that I don't have access to. Due to a migration and some errors on ...
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Running SpinRite on SAN attached LUN with NTFS corruption

Got a customer that has an issue with NTFS corruption that is popping up on SAN attached storage. The LUN is RAID-10 (4:1 spindle ratio). The machines are Windows Server 2003 (64-bit), and they are ...
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How to handle colons (:) in rdiff-backup files when running on NTFS

I am using rdiff-backup to backup the contents of a folder located on a Debian machine to a NTFS disk via ntfs-3g. The problem is that rdiff-backup creates various files containing colons (:) in its ...
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Security permissions appearing as long numbers instead of user name

I transferred over folders/files from one server to another using robocopy for Server 2003. However, for each individual that has special permissions to access a folder or file the security ...
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SBS 2008 Folder Share permissions mess

I came across this question asked a couple of years ago about setting permissions via a script and was hoping that there might be a similar script that would work for me with the issue I am having. ...
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Permission Refactoring Tools

Are there any products out there that can refactor permissions? I am talking about something like... Folder has users A, B, and C in it as direct permission assignments. I'd like to have a tool that ...
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NTFS permissions on shared folder - safe to remove CREATOR OWNER and SYSTEM?

I was looking at some of the new Windows servers I've inherited at my new job. Most of the shares have the default permissions for the drive inherited. Two entries are always there: I've read the ...
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Troubleshooting I/O latency possibly caused by file system driver

I have a SQL Server instance (SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows 2008 R2) that complains, for very short, random periods of about 15-20 seconds, that some of its I/O requests are taking longer than 15 ...
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Windows Server 2008 and Directory Symlinks

I have a shared Directory on my TeamCity Server, C:\Work which is about 9 GB and I want to move it to a separate Disk E:. When I copy the C:\Work to E:\Work and do mklink /D to make a symlink, the ...
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Look up where a NTFS group is used

We are doing some AD clean up and migrating or deleting old AD groups and replacing them with our current naming stranded in AD. The challenge that we are running into is making sure we have the we ...
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Is it good practice to use NTFS Compression on IIS Log folders?

Is it a good practice to use NTFS Compression on a IIS Log folders and files? I was able to go down from 20GB to 7GB by doing this. The IIS logs are per day, and have an average size of 20MB but some ...
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Windows NTFS: Does taking ownership of file or folder affect permissions?

I have a shared folder that I am moving to a new server with Robocopy. However, I do not have FULL permissions to all of the source files. I am planning on taking ownership of all files and folders ...
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Folder creation date is very recent, while last modified is years ago

We're experiencing some weird stuff with our roaming user profiles. We use folder redirection for Documents/Pictures/Music/Destkop/Downloads, yet these folders are being created in the roaming user ...
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Force NTFS permissions inheritance for newly created files

Does anybody know a way to force that all files that get created inside some folder inherit the NTFS permissions of that folder. The problem is the following: I have a third party software that is ...
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Securing iis 8 nt permissions

I have an win2012/IIS 8 webserver which I am trying to secure. I want to isolate each site/user to their own folder as best as possible. I have moved the websites to "c:\sites\mysiteA\", ...
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NTFS Share: Allow file read, deny list folder

How do you setup permissions on a Windows NTFS share so that users (in a AD group) 1) can read any file on that share, if they know the full path to the file 2) can't browse/list any folder on that ...
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Copy past speed very slow for a large number of files on Windows

I've run the following test I've created a folder containing 15'000 files of 400 bytes using this batch : @ECHO off SET times=15000 FOR /L %%i IN (1,1,%times%) DO ( fsutil file createnew ...
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How to setup NTFS ACL with Acces Based Enumeration

We're in the process of migrating from Novell Netware to Windows 2K8 R2 infrastructure (AD, File server, print server... etc) My question is about ACL. While Netware and Windows are totally ...
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While using an ntfs smb share for mac users, do symbolic links and extended attributes work?

We have a majority of mac users but we'd rather support their file sharing using a Windows server with an ntfs drive, or at least a Linux server with ext3. We've had trouble, much trouble, utilizing ...
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NTFS Advanced Deny permissions and Rules

I feel like I am missing something on something obvious here. Or just making a noob mistake. I have a folder structure as shown below an example. Folder A1 and A2 are inside folder A. Folder B1, B2 ...
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Change NTFS Security via Powershell [closed]

I'm looking for a simple Powershell way to set NTFS permissions on a specific folder. Get-Acl "\\fileserver\c$\Program Files\Target" is not even working for me. Any ideas?
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BAD stripes in controller and windows utility to remap bad blocks

Ok, here is my story. I have 3 disks raid 5, one of the disks made a few surface errors and I didn't know. I tried to repair the corrupted database table in mysql and the machine froze on write. I ...
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NTFS - Domain Admins don't have permissions despite being part of the Local Administrators group

As per "Best Practices" staff in our IT department have two accounts. An unprivileged account and an account that is a member of the global Domain Admins ($DOMAIN\Domain Admins) group. On our file ...
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Can Windows read an unpartitioned NTFS volume? (Single large partition)

So, for various reasons, I've ended up with a 45TB Single Linux Logical volume, without a partition table, formatted as NTFS containing 28TB of data (the Filesystem itself is 28TB). The filesystem ...
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I have a HD with bad sectors, can I configure windows to only retry a failed read once? [closed]

I have a bad HD (numerous bad sectors) I'm attempting to get some of the data off, however Windows keeps trying to reread the bad sectors - resulting in a really really long wait time can I ...
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Debian Harddrive Fdisk - Same ID's and changing letters

I am trying to create and install a debain NAS and ive been having a hard time because I am new to all of this. I used ntfs-3g in order to automount my 4 NTFS drives. I also have a partitioned ...
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What is the most efficent way to grant a user ready-only permisson to all folders and files on a file server?

We currently operate about four file servers, all running Windows Server 2008 R2. Until now, we have used the Windows internal file search (aka “Indexing options”) and this worked OK and found all ...
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NTFS Permissions - Access Denied even though Explicit Allow and no Deny

I'm hoping someone can help me with this NTFS permissions problem. The short version is that I can't write a new file in F:\SomeDir even though I seem to be granted full permissions via both the ...