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New Capabilities and Features of the NTFS 3.1File System
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Windows XP contains new features that are available only with the NTFS file system. This article outlines the features and advantages of converting to the NTFS file system with Windows XP.
The new features in Windows XP require on-disk data structures that make these volumes unavailable to Microsoft Windows NT 4.0-based computers. In anticipation of dual-boot scenarios, Microsoft recommends that you upgrade Windows NT 4.0 to Service Pack 4 (SP4) before you start the Windows XP installation. The version of NTFS included with Windows XP cannot be interpreted correctly by Windows NT 4.0. However, there is an updated Ntfs.sys driver in Windows NT 4.0 SP4 that enables Windows NT 4.0 to read from and write to NTFS volumes in Windows XP. Features of the NTFS 3.1 file system include: