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Microsoft outlines next version of NTFS file system - Windows 8 Resilient File System, ReFS

Redmond based software maker Microsoft has finally revealed the specifications of its new file system - Windows 8 Resilient File System (ReFS).

According to the company, the next generation of their file system has been "designed from the ground up" and is created for meeting multiple requirements involving Windows storage. These are said to be aspects such as the capability to handle huge amounts of data, sharing of storage pools over different machines and resiliency from corruption.

This will be made available for Windows Server 8, where the users of Windows 8 will not see the benefit of this new ReFS file system's improvements, at the time of its launch. The company wants to test it completely before finally rolling it out to the eagerly awaiting consumer market, according to a report on The Verge.

The latest system is built on the NTFS foundation, in order to maintain the compatibility elements. ReFS just needs to be plugged into a storage stack, and it starts operating immediately thereafter.

However, this file system is not compatible with removable media and cannot be used for the booting of an operating system. It is just made for storage, for the time being.

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