NTFS — New Technology File System for
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000, NT & Windows Servers 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000, NT

NTFS is a high-performance and self-healing file system proprietary to Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 desktop systems as well as commonly used on Windows Servers 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000 & NT Server. NTFS file system supports file-level security, transactions, encryption, compression, auditing and much more. It also supports large volumes and powerful storage solution such as RAID/LDM. The most important features of NTFS are data integrity (transaction journal), the ability to encrypt files and folders to protect your sensitive data as well as the greatest flexibility in data handling.

NTFS File System

Hardware and Disk Organization

Active@ Data Studio Download
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Active@ Data Studio — all disk tools!

Data Recovery, Data Backup & Data Security Toolset. Includes Active@ Boot Disk to boot up unbootable PC from DVD or USB drive. Includes Active@ KillDisk for DoD compliant disk sanitation. Recovers file systems: Microsoft NTFS, FAT, exFAT, ReFS; Apple HFS+; Linux Ext2/Ext3/Ext4, BtrFS; Unix JFS, UFS, XFS.
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active file recovery software
Size: 49 MB

NTFS Data Recovery Toolkit

A set of tools for analyzing problems with NTFS partitions and files, and Data Recovering in Manual and Automated modes.

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ntfs data recovery tools
Size: 356 MB

Active@ Boot Disk for unbootable PC

It's a bootable CD/DVD/USB disk that allows you to boot up any computer and fix most startup and PC configuration problems. Full access to non-bootable PC Image-based physical or logical disks backup and restore. Lost folders and files recovery. Create, delete, format partitions on SSD/IDE/ATA/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives Deleted partition recovery by editing partition table. Windows administrator's password and user's account resetting. DoD-compliant disk erasing & wiping of free space on the PC disks.

active file recovery software
Size: 32 MB

Active@ File Recovery

Active@ File Recovery effectively detects and recovers files lost due to accidental deletion, disk formatting, disk damage, virus attack and other reasons. Recovers NTFS, FAT/exFAT, HFS+, UFS, Ext2/3/4 file systems and detects files by signatures on any media type.



1. NTFS Basics

2. NTFS vs FAT vs exFAT

3. NTFS Optimization

4. NTFS Recovery Concepts

5. NTFS Permissions

6. Hardware & Disk Organization

7. WinFS File System

8. FAT File System

9. ReFS File System

10. ApFS File System

11. exFAT overview 

12. Windows Storage Spaces


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Recovery on Damaged File Systems

How to format a USB Flash Drive to NTFS file system?

Formatting a USB drive is an easy and straightforward process. However, there are some settings one needs to check before formatting it.

To enable NTFS on your USB Flash Drive drive (USB Flash Memory) click on My Computer (This PC) and select Manage.

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Recovery on Damaged File Systems

Recovery on Damaged File Systems

BMP Signature Format: Documentation & Recovery Example

BMP (bitmap image) files start with a signature BM and the next 4 bytes contain file's length.

Let's examine this particular BMP image: BMP (bitmap image)

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GIF Signature Format: Introduction, Recovery

GIF Signature Format: Introduction & Recovery

Developed by CompuServe in 1987, a bitmap image format known as GIF (Graphics Interchange Format has since received widespread use on the internet due to its wide support and portability. GIF format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space.

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JPEG Signature Format: Introduction & Recovery

JPEG Signature Format: Introduction & Recovery

JPEG is an acronym for Joint Photographic Experts Group, which was formed between ISO/IEC JTC1 and ITU-T. During the 1992 this committee created and released the JPEG format and during the 90’s they continued to update it and create its variations.

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CorelDRAW CDR Signature Format: Introduction & Recovery

CorelDRAW CDR Signature Format: Introduction & Recovery

CDR file format was developed by Corel Co. in 1989, and it was an entirely proprietary Corel file format. It was mainly used for vector graphic drawings, and it could be recognized by the "WL", the first two starting bytes of the file. With CorelDRAW 3, CDR has changed its format and its name to a Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) envelope. The new format could have been recognized by the four starting bytes ("RIFF") of the file, and by the "CDR*vrsn" in bytes 9 to 15. Corel continues to be the proprietary owner of the data chunk of the RIFF file format.

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