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How to Use NTFS

If you're confused when it comes to your hard drive's format, this guide will show you the way to get the most out of your system.


  • Step 1: Format hard drive If you have a Mac, use converter software so that you can read and write to NTFS drives.
  • TIP: NTFS is a Windows filing system, and converter software enables Macs to write to NTFS.
  • Step 2: Store large files Store files of 4 gigabytes or more with no loss in system performance.
  • Step 3: Add preferences Add your own preferences to files, such a specific file name, icons, and other attributes in the Preferences menu.
  • Step 4: Recover files Recover lost or deleted files from the hard disk more easily without running disk repair.
  • Step 5: Avoid storing sensitive data Avoid storing sensitive data, as the NTFS format lacks encryption capabilities and can be easily accessed without logging into the operating system.
  • Step 6: Share and back up Share files with Macs and Linux computers that have been converted to NTFS or back up your data to an external hard drive with NTFS formatting.
  • FACT: IBM introduced the first hard drive in 1956 with a storage capacity of 5 megabytes. It was so large it had to be moved with a fork lift.

You Will Need

  • Computer navigation skills
  • Converter sofware

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