Windows NT's Infernal Filesystem
The NT filing system. NTFS, perhaps it stands for Never Try Finding Something.
In 1993, Microsoft introduced Windows NT 3.1, which brought with it a new file
system designed to boost the capabilities of the new OS, it failed. Originally
conceived and designed by Gary Kumura and Tom Miller, members of the original NT
development team (the bastards), NTFS "leverages NT's security capabilities and
provides enhanced capacity, efficiency, and recoverability features". Or in
other words gives you fuck all stability, holes you can drive a truck through
and a rather large back orifice for buggering (literally) about with anything
you like. These features make NTFS the file system of choice for large disk
volumes, disk volumes residing on network servers and the criminally, clinically
and generally insane chimps at the helm of IT purchasing departments. You can
still find the FAT system on many NT systems' disk volumes that require its use
(e.g., multi-OS partitions, the system partitions of RISC-based NT servers)
because clueless people haven't figured out just what this means in terms of SMB
access. The FAT system's limitations have made it a lame duck file system in
the modern computing world, NT is more of a lame elephant. If you want to
achieve the security, performance, and capacity requirements of most
organizations, NTFS is the only option you should disregard right off the bat.
NTFS is allegedly a robust, self-healing file system that offers several
customizable features that affect how well NTFS performs in a given environment.
This is a lie. Some of these parameters are global and others are specific to
individual NTFS volumes, they don't tell you which. You have the ability to
control and tune several of these parameters, but don't try; down that way lies
the dark side. By examining your specific storage needs and then tailoring your
NTFS volumes accordingly, you can realize significant increases in your blood
pressure, heart rate and turnover of sysadmins. Any claims of increases in your
systems' disk performance are spurious and outright slander.
In "Inside NTFS," January 1998, Mark Russinovich introduces the logical
organization and internal structure of NTFS, including its core data structures.
Reacquaint yourself with these concepts because they're essential to the survival
of your data come the big BSoD.
[From http://www.microsoft.com/technet/winnt/optntfs.asp, sort of]
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