Microsoft has hinted that Windows 11’s default file system may soon change to a new one designed with advanced servers in mind.
Windows devices have been using the NTFS file system for more than three decades for storage, including internal drives, as well as external drives, such as USB disks.
However, the notes published by the American software giant with the new version number 25276 of Windows 11 indicate the start of support for the Resilient File System or ReFS.
The ReFS file system was first introduced with the server operating system, Windows Server 2012, and is designed to support the storage of massive amounts of data.
Notes for the new version of Windows indicate that the current file system (NTFS) is limited to 256 terabytes, which is quite a lot for ordinary users, but in some cases companies and data centers may need more capacity. As for the system (ReFS), it supports up to 35 petabytes, or the equivalent of 35,000 terabytes.--
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ReFS is more flexible than NTFS, especially in terms of the ability to detect and repair storage corruptions while keeping servers online, and is also designed with scalability in mind.
Microsoft said in its publication: “(ReFS) is designed to support very large data sets of up to millions of terabytes, without negatively affecting performance, and is also designed to achieve a greater range compared to previous file systems.”
However, there are some disadvantages, especially when it comes to using (ReFS) in traditional personal computers, as the system does not support file compression, encryption, and removable media.