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

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How do I take ownership of a folder when access is denied and the security tab is missing?

I have a Windows 2003 Standard x64 Server with SP2. After deleting a large number of folders from a folder, the OS is reporting "Access Denied" on any attempt to read or manipulate the folder. When ...
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Setting Windows ACLs to allow sub-subdirectory access

We're in the process of moving some directories from NetWare to Windows, and have run into a difference of permissioning. Because NetWare makes this easy, we have whole volumes where no users have any ...
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How to workaround the NTFS Move/Copy design flaw?

As anyone that has dealt with file server permissions is aware, NTFS has an interesting design feature/flaw known as the Move/Copy problem. As explained in this MS KB article, the permissions for a ...
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Windows Server 2008 - change security settings for multiple files at once

On Windows Server 2008, is there an easy way to modify security permissions for multiple files at once (as with Windows Server 2003)? Right-click menu -> properties does not provide a "Security" tab ...
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Transferring NTFS Files Between Two Computers Not On A Domain - Best Practices

Does anyone have advice for easily copying files between a Windows XP machine [#A] (NTFS drive) --> External Hard Drive [NTFS] --> another Windows XP machine [#B] (NTFS drive) and getting the ...
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Recover a lost NTFS partition on the cheap?

I had a workstation running XP. Filesystem was NTFS, single partition over the entire drive. After an attempted XP repair install, suddenly the NTFS filesystem is just gone and the drive is showing ...
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Can't detect my NTFS partition from Finder (Leopard)

From Leopard, I created a new NTFS partition for Windows using BootCamp. Everything went fine : Windows 7 was installed correctly and its partition (C:) showed up in Leopard's Finder. Then, from ...
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How to take ownership of files from the command line?

Every so often I run into a file that I need to take ownership of. I normally use cacls for changing ntfs permissions, but it doesn't seem to do ownership. Under *nix I would run something like ...
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Recommended NTFS cluster size for a specialized volume

I guess that this is an old question, but all answers I found on the net was very diverted, so here goes... I need a dedicated volume for tens of thousands of ~10MiB and ~50MiB files. I suspect that ...
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Mount NTFS (read/write capability) filesystem on RHEL 5 (2.6.8-18.el5)

I'm using RHEL 5.0 with the kernel 2.6.8-18.el5. I want to mount my external hard disk drive with the NTFS file system. I cannot mount it because it doesn't support NTFS file system. Error msg: mount: ...
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Finding and deleting bad symbolic links in windows

Is there any simple way to find broken ntfs symbolic links in windows and delete them? (other than manual search and destroy) I'm in this mess because of windows home server's inability to upgrade ...
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HP PolyServe, NTFS alternate streams, and SQL Server DBCC CHECKDB

I'm onsite at a customer who's experienced a weird problem with HP PolyServe and SQL Server 2005 and I'm wondering whether anyone else has hit it. The problem is that with default settings, a DBCC ...
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Setting NTFS ACLs over the network - Is there a faster way?

In my environment, I have several projects that involve running NTFS ACL audit reports and various ACL cleanup activities on a number of file servers. There are two main reasons why I cannot perform ...
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Boot image to inspect NTFS volumes

Occassionally Windows computers crash badly so it cannot even do a safe boot. If you do not have access to the Windows install media (preinstalled PC), which boot image would you recommend to start a ...
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Is this a recommended/valid approach for file server permissions?

File servers are a fact of life in IT and I'm curious if there are any generally accepted practices (I hesitate to use the word "best" here) for how you create groups and apply permissions for ...
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member server 2003 (file server) domain administrator account problem not locally added to server

have taken over a client from another consultant. the current file server that is a member server is joined to the domain. BUT, if you look under control panel>administrative panel>local users or ...
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file ownership for new files with administrator - why is it giving ownership to the group administrators?

I am logged in as administrator and I right click on a folder and then go to properties, then the security tab, then advanced, then the owner tab. I am not on a domain. I see that the folder has a ...
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How can I set the NTFS permissions on a folder for a WORM like behaviour

Is it possible to set group permission on a folder at a Windows server so that a file can be created, populated and closed, BUT not changed or deleted after that?
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File Server Migration from Windows 2000 Standalone to Windows 2003 Cluster to Windows 2008 Cluster with DFS

We are migrating our fileservers again. The original servers were all standalone Windows 2000 Servers. They were migrated to a Windows 2003 cluster with about 10 Servernames that directly ...
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MS Windows issue - “Filename or extension is too long”

I run Microsoft windows on a few of my machines. I don't know if many people know about this issue in the OS but you can't have very long filenames, from what I know Linux can have longer names, I ...
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Best file system for media server? [closed]

I need some advice on what file system to use for my new 1TB media server hosted on my Linux box. I have a few requirements: Needs to be shareable to a different Windows machine (not dual booting, ...
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Resizing the “Change Journal” in Vista

The only way I've found of resizing the "Change Journal" in Vista, is by going to safe-mode. That works fine, but I wonder if there is a better solution. Here is resizing it from 32MB by default on ...
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Any reason not to use 512-bytes clusters for NTFS?

When creating a new NTFS partition one is asked to choose a cluster size. The default size is 4k but one can choose a smaller sizes, too. 512 bytes is the smallest. The smaller size leads to wasted ...
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How to convert FAT32 disk to NTFS without losing data

Please suggest How to convert FAT32 disk to NTFS without losing data
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What causes NTFS index corruption?

I have a relatively new hard disk and it has been working fine all this while. Today, however, on starting Windows a few of my applications failed to load some DLLs. Windows ran chkdsk upon restart ...
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How to check that all paths/files on a volume conform to EXT3, FAT32, and HFS+

I have a volume with files on it that will need to be copied between Mac, Linux, and Windows machines. I want to ensure that there are no surprises with: file size filename length filename character ...
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Quick format vs full format

When formatting a drive as ntfs for a windows XP install, you have an option to choose between a "quick" format and complete format. What is the difference between the two (aside from how long it ...
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Install GRUB on NTFS

I would like to install 2 completely independent instances of Windows XP (no data should be shared) in my computer within 2 different primary partitions. I know that grub can handle booting them ...
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Security: Unable to display current owner

I have a user with local administrative rights on their Windows 7 64-bit box. They extracted a file from a zip file they downloaded with the Zip shell extension to their desktop on a non-encrypted or ...
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How to restore missing space in NTFS file systems

I have a 40 GB USB hard drive formatted with NTFS on a PC running Windows XP Pro, SP3. I am trying to free as much space as possible. Windows Explorer tells me that I have about 200 MB of files on ...
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Accessing files on the XP partition from Windows 7RC

Like every self respecting geek out there I wanted to give the Windows 7RC a try, so here am I with a dual boot system... Good old XP for everyday use Windows 7Rc Booting into the RC I thought of ...
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NTFS file or directory is corrupted or unreadable

Anyone know of a way to delete files from an NTFS filesystem when you get "the file or directory is corrupted or unreadable". This isn't a file which is in use, I think it is genuinely corrupted, and ...
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Get the Allocation Unit Size from NTFS disk

I need to find out the "Allocation Unit Size" selected when a particular hard-disk was formatted. It doesn't appear in the properties information for the drive. Is there any easy way to get this ...
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Backup Linux server onto windows server or DPM server/owner and rights in NTFS?

We are using a rsync based backup for our Lonux servers which is fantastic. We rsync all our Linux server onto our large Linux base samba fileserver. Unfortunately that server is completely outdated ...
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Crashed Hard Drive Data Retrieval

I recently had a laptop hard drive crash on me and am trying to rescue some of the data on the original drive. As such, I've extracted my failed hard drive and installed it in a USB enclosure. I've ...
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Is there a way to prevent a file from being deleted?

I have a file on NTFS that holds accumulated information that will take forever to recreate. I marked it as 'archive' and 'system', so that it would not be obvious to notice or mishandle, but what I ...
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How to partition a Windows drive without formatting?

I have a 500GB HD, partitioned into a few gigantic Windows NTFS partitions. The partitions are loaded with files, but I still have enough space and I want to install and try out linux. Is there a way ...
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NTFS “Secrets”?

A few weeks ago I was reading through the Wikipedia entry on NTFS, and noticed that it was possible to use Symbolic Links amongst a number of other features that aren't readily apparent in Windows ...
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Is it bad to defrag a minimally fragmented drive?

Someone told me that it is not always a good idea to defragment a minimally fragmented drive (<2%); and that it could cause performance issues. Are they right, and why/why not?
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How bad is it to use a virtual file system with VMWare?

IT is running a series of VMs that we'd like to see optimized further: if the VMs' are Windows XP, storing their NTFS images out to the virtual disk (ext3) provided by Linux/VMWare, how much of a hit ...