Is ReFS better than NTFS?

In terms of data storage organization, the ReFS file system is very different from NTFS. Here are just some of the features of ReFS:

  • Using B+ trees to store metadata and user data.
  • Using the copy-on-write function.
  • Metadata integrity check.

All these features have been implemented in ReFS in order to improve its performance and reliability.

Additionally, ReFS was designed to handle much larger data volumes than NTFS. At the moment this is not yet so critical, but as you know, the volume of information is growing every year.

Based on all of the above, it seems that ReFS has only advantages and is noticeably better than NTFS. Then the question arises - why hasn't Windows completely switched to ReFS? As of 2023, ReFS still cannot be installed on the system drive or on an external drive. Most likely, this is due to some difficulties of this file system that are known only to the developers.

Users are also not eager to switch from NTFS to ReFS, since in the event of some kind of failure or accidental deletion of data, the recovery process looks less clear than with NTFS. There are not many programs for data recovery from ReFS, the results are not predictable, and so on.

If you still need to recover data from a ReFS volume, go to the page - How to recover data from ReFS

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