Tag Archive: NTFS

Nov 22 2013

CHKDSK Under Windows 8

Since the early days of DOS, OS/2 and Windows NT, CHKDSK has been a one of the staple utilities to keep your file systems in good, working condition. It usually springs into action automatically after a dirty shutdown to make sure that everything is okay with the file systems and makes the necessary repairs if …

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Nov 02 2012

Problems Copying Large Files to FAT32 Drives

If you’re using removable drives to transfer very large files such as videos then you may find that particularly large files will be unable to copy over if your drive is formatted with FAT32. FAT32 formatted drives have a maximum file size of 4GB as an inherent limitation of its design as well as a …

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Apr 19 2012

Beware of NTFS USB Drives and Encrypted Files

Perhaps an edge case for a lot of people out there but perhaps something worth considering if you have formatted your USB stick with NTFS rather than FAT or FAT32 or you use portable hard drives formatted with NTFS. Some corporations will enforce the use of folder encryption on your computer (rather than whole disk …

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Mar 25 2012

BitLocker and iPods – Will They Blend?

Leading on from yesterday’s article about BitLocker and the unfortunate situation that Mac OS X users find themselves in when BitLocker to Go is enforced at work when using USB devices we should also consider one popular USB device, the iPod. It may be a lesser known fact that iPods will use either HFS+ or …

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Jul 26 2011

The Apple Double Format, Network Shares and uTorrent

This might be a bit of an edge case for most people but for those of us with heterogeneous networks with a mixture of Windows and Mac OS X computers you may come across hidden files starting with “._” (so something like “._humptydumpty.doc”) and may or may not correspond with a filename of the same …

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Jul 18 2011

MacOS X and NTFS – Will it Blend?

In the Windows world the best file system to be using is NTFS (New Technology File System), hands down. Compared to legacy FAT file systems (including FAT32) the robustness, reliability and scalability of NTFS is undisputed. However, since NTFS is proprietary to Microsoft it is often incompatible with non-Microsoft platforms such as MacOS X. Of …

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Jul 18 2010

Free Up Space by Moving Your iPhone and iPad Backups

Yesterday, I was attempting to update the firmware on my iPhone and iPad but was running into an error, specifically: “iTunes could not back up the iPhone “Boyd’s iPhone” because the backup could not be saved on the computer.” This was due to the C: in my computer reaching its capacity. Using a 128GB solid …

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Jul 03 2010

Always Eject External Drives Before Removal

Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media

Over the course of my career where USB flash drives and external flash drives have become more commonplace (compared to the 1990s where floppy disks and compact discs were king) I have been shocked by the number of people that simply pull out a drive without first ejecting it. In some cases, this has lead …

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