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ReFS compatibility

Feb 15, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Thank You for this magnificient tool which finally opens up whole (nearly) metadata functionality.
Am about to start tagging my collections of documents and photos, but have already experienced metada loss due to mail transmmission and other pdf reader incompatibility. Therefore am curious, if (based on Your knowledge) metadata stored in the way NTFS file system does is in line with ReFS file system and will be easy to adjust to this newer standard as it becomes more popular?
Feb 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

ReFS does support alternate streams, but I cannot discover whether it implements a property store that uses them for storage, as NTFS does. This is of course the key mechanism that File Meta uses to store meta data.

Assuming for the moment that ReFS does support such property stores, it would mean that you could run File Meta unchanged over ReFS drives. However, this would do nothing to mitigate the metadata losses that you have experienced, because these are caused not by storage problems, but by the fact that in most scenarios where the file is moved or copied outside NTFS, the meta data associated with the file is not transmitted, or, as you say, conflicting property handlers.

In the case where ReFS does not support property stores over alternate streams, it might be possible to update File Meta to use an alternative storage mechanism. However, doing so would again not mitigate the metadata loss issue, for similar reasons. In fact, life would be worse unless, like NTFS, ReFS kept the metadata store with the file throughout its own world.

Mar 1, 2017 at 1:41 AM
Edited Mar 1, 2017 at 1:42 AM
Thanks for that input. Is there a chance You get It confirmed in order for Us All to be sure File Meta is an investment for future?