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Disabling Legacy Filename Creation
How can you do this? Because the processes of browsing, reading, and
writing files all interact with the ilesystem. Using various tweaks and utilities, it is
possible to optimize the speed of the ilesystem.
Before you go any further, be aware that the following speed tips for the
ilesystem work only for NTFS. If you do not know what ilesystem your computer
is using, you can go to Computer in the Start menu, right-click your hard drive,
and select Properties. This brings up the Local Disk (C:) Properties window,
which tells you the type of ilesystem your hard drive is running. If your hard
drive is running FAT32, these tips will not work for you.
In my opinion, NTFS is the best ilesystem for Windows 8. It has many advanced
security features and also performs better on many machines. If you are still
running FAT32, or for some odd reason your computer came preinstalled with
FAT32, consider converting your hard drive to NTFS.
Converting your drive to NTFS is a snap. Open the Start screen, type Command
Prompt . Then, right-click the Command Prompt shortcut and select Run As
Administrator. Command Prompt will now load with the administrator access that
you need to run the convert tool. Next, at the prompt, type convert c: /fs:ntfs and
press Enter to start. If you want to convert a different drive letter, just replace the
C: with the drive letter that you want. For example, if you want to convert your D:
drive, type convert d: /fs:ntfs . The actual conversion process takes a little while,
especially on large drives. Keep in mind that after you convert to NTFS, you cannot
convert back to FAT32 without reformatting the drive.
Now that the requirements are cleared up, you are ready to get started.
Disabling Legacy Filename Creation
Legacy filename creation is a feature of NTFS that is included in Windows for
backward compatibility with older applications. Over the years, the ilesystem in
Windows has changed dramatically. Among the first things that changed were
the limitations of the old MS-DOS 8.3 file naming standard. The old MS-DOS
ilesystem limited filenames to a maximum length of eight characters plus a
three-character extension. As Windows became more advanced, this needed
to change to allow for greater flexibility. Eventually, these limitations were
expanded with the release of Windows 95, which bumped up the maximum
filename limit to 255 characters. However, there was a hidden price to pay that
affects Windows 8, too.
Microsoft has always believed that backward compatibility contributes to the
success of Windows, because it enables users to upgrade to a new version while
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