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trønderen16-Dec-23 5:02
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NTFS also has forks; it is called Alternate Data Streams.

I never used apple forks, but suspect that there would be dozens of detail differences between them and NTFS. The main idea is the same, though: Provide a mechanism for keeping different kinds of data, relating to the same object/project/whatever separate but together. Like metadata and primary data. Movie and subtitles. Executable and debug information. ...

There are a few common uses of ADS in NTFS. E.g. when you receive a file across the net, and ADS provides some information about its origin. Most people do not know, and do not care. If you copy the file to a FAT file system (e.g. 99.9% of all memory sticks), you loose that information anyway.

Apple promoted its forks a lot. Microsoft not so; essentially they went for other alternatives (such as container file formats). I suspect that the main reason why they implemented it in NTFS was to kill the pro-Apple argument "They provide forks in the file system".

If you want to look for forks in your NTFS file system, Sysinternals streams[^] is a useful tool to start with.
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