Re: Current status of NTFS support

Doug McNaught (
20 Apr 2001 21:39:13 -0400

Lee Leahu <> writes:

> would somebody be kind enough to explain why writing to
> the ntfs file system is extremely dangerous, and what are the
> developers doing to make writing to ntfs filesystem safe?

It's dangerous because NTFS is a proprietary format, and the full
rules for updating it (including journals etc) are known only to
Microsoft and those that have signed Microsoft NDAs. If you update it
incorrectly it gets corrupted and you will lose data. It's certainly
possible to reverse-engineer these rules, but very difficult and


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