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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Using NTFS

NTFS is an extensible and recoverable file system that offers many advantages over FAT and FAT32. Because it is extensible, the file system can be extended over time with various revisions. As you'll learn shortly, the version of NTFS that ships with Windows Server 2003 is in fact a revision of the NTFS version that shipped with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. Because it is recoverable, volumes formatted with NTFS can be reconstructed if they contain structure errors. Typically, restructuring NTFS volumes is a task performed at startup.

NTFS Structures

NTFS volumes have a very different structure and feature set than FAT volumes. The first area of the volume is the boot sector, which is located at sector 0 on the volume. The boot sector ...

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