What’s refs? – Benefits & amp; Disadvantages of the file system

REFS is a new file system from Microsoft, will be superior to the NTFS. But what are the exact advantages and disadvantages? We clarify.

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REFS: What is it?

  • REFS stands for resilent File System (robust file system), and is a file system from Microsoft.
  • Refs called a successor to NTFS. NTFS is currently the default file system in the Windows world.
  • REFS was introduced with Windows Server 2012 Design.
  • In Windows 10, 7 and 8 can you disks but not format in refs.
Disk can you only in Windows Server versions format it as refs. Source: storage-insider.deDisk can you only in Windows Server versions format it as refs. Source: storage-insider.de

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REFS: Benefits & disadvantage

Caveat: Microsoft considers the characteristics of the refs file system secret because it sees them as competitive features. The following advantages and disadvantages but are known:

  • Support for media up to 16 exabytes
    (16 billion gigabytes)
  • Supports file paths longer than 255 characters
  • Bug fixes repair allegedly corrupt data
  • Microsoft keeps secret features of refs
    (REFS is therefore proprietary)
  • For Home (still) not very relevant
  • Speed ​​differences to NTFS low
  • USB flash drives can not be formatted with refs

Because of the disadvantages, it is unlikely that the refs file system coverage is used in the near future. It just has not been enough advantages over NTFS. If anything, it is of interest to companies with complex and large memory structures.


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