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ReFS Versus NTFS

ReFS is not meant to be used in lieu of NTFS, but rather as a complement to it. You cannot boot an operating system from an ReFS volume, and you can’t perform in-place conversions of NTFS volumes to ReFS volumes. You’ll want to reserve ReFS for storage to take advantage of the data correction capabilities.

Because ReFS is built from NTFS, the two filesystems share some common attributes, as detailed in Table 6-1.

Table 6-1. NTFS versus ReFS

Attribute

NTFS

ReFS

Maximum single file size

264−1 KB

264−1 KB

Maximum volume size

264 clusters

278 bytes with 16KB cluster size (264 × 16 × 210). Windows stack addressing allows 264 bytes.


  

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