Microsoft has planned to introduce a new Resilient File System (ReFS), the follow-on to the New Technology File System (NTFS) that has powered every release of Windows going back to Windows NT.

According to the company, Windows 8 will run on ReFS that will work with a new generation of storage technologies and offer scalability.

“While NTFS is the widely used, advanced and feature-rich file system in broad use, ReFS has been architected and engineered for a new generation of storage technologies and scenarios," said Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows and Windows Live Division.

“ReFS is built on the foundations of NTFS and will maintain compatibility with the older file system. At the application level, ReFS-stored data will be accessible from client devices just as NTFS data would be,” he added.

ReFS will be delivered as part of Windows Server 8, the same approach Microsoft has used for every file system introduction.

The key goals of ReFS are optimizing the technology for extreme scale, maintaining a high degree of compatibility with NTFS, and providing a resilient architecture when used with storage spaces, a feature in Windows 8 that organizes physical disks into storage pools that can easily be expanded by adding more disks. ReFS also will provide advanced verify and auto-correct data capabilities.

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