Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Windows 7: The Power of FSUTIL Command

FSUTIL is a powerful command-line utility that can provide very technical information about your computer's drives, or if utilized incorrectly can cause damage to the file system.
Note: To use this utility, it requires administrative permission on the local system.
Below are a few examples of different operations that the command can perform.

Queries volume information
E.g.: fsutil fsinfo volumeinfo c:

Queries NTFS specific volume information
E.g.: fsutil fsinfo ntfsinfo c:

Creates a new file of a specified size
E.g.: fsutil file createnew C:\testfile.txt 1000

Warning: use this command at your own risk...
Below is a list of supported commands:
  • Type: fsutil 8dot3name: 8dot3name management
  • Type: fsutil behavior: Control file system behavior
  • Type: fsutil dirty: Manage volume dirty bit
  • Type: fsutil file: File specific commands
  • Type: fsutil fsinfo: File system information
  • Type: fsutil hardlink: Hardlink management
  • Type: fsutil objectid: Object ID management
  • Type: fsutil quota: Quota management
  • Type: fsutil repair: Self healing management
  • Type: fsutil reparsepoint: Reparse point management
  • Type: fsutil resource: Transactional Resource Manager management
  • Type: fsutil sparse: Sparse file control
  • Type: fsutil transaction: Transaction management
  • Type: fsutil usn: USN management
  • Type: fsutil volume: Volume management

1 comment:

jaroslav said...

Why is it useful to copy and paste the output of fsutil /help ? Please try and provide some information beyond the basic list of arguments.