ntfs query

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    geekgod New Member

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    well we know that quick formatting a fat 32 partition means erasing the fat tables. but what does it mean to q format an ntfs partition? also what is the difference between full format and low level format(zero filling), if there is any.
     
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    Quick format on an NTFS drive means re-initializing the MFT's (the equivalent of FATs)

    A full format keeps the disks file system in consideration and formats the drive exactly according to the specifications of the file system. After a full format, the drive/partition is ready for use.

    A low level format on the other hand doesnt take into consideration the file system and totally erases all traces of data (including the FAT/MFT, MBRs, etc). This makes the drive appear as if it were a freshly manufactured disk.
     
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    what is an mft? what is the file structure in an ntfs partition?
     
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    for information on NT file system, read:
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    http://www.ntsecrets.com/info/file_systems.htm
    for info about MFT check this out:
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    http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs-mft.htm
    how did I come to know?
    simple, use Google
     
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