What Is Fsutil In Windows 10 And Its Uses?

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I have a Windows 10 PC, and I have never heard a lot about fsutil from my friends. What is fsutil, and how does it help a user? I also want to know what I should keep in mind while dealing with this utility and if it could cause any trouble if differently.

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What Is Fsutil In Windows 10 And Its Uses?


Fsutil is a file system utility consisting of command-line operations for files and Drive properties. System administrator’s use it as an advanced tool or by more experienced users use it. It is primarily in use for the NTFS system, and it requires administrator privileges.

While using it, you need to be careful and be aware of the overall functioning of the Windows operating system. This utility consists of a variety of subcommands that would help you to know about the file system on your computer. An example is subcommand “fsinfo”, it would list all queries and drives off the drive type, volume information, NTFS – specific volume information or file system statistics.

To find what subcommands are there for this utility, you can type “fsutil” in command prompt and use appropriate subcommand to get information about your file system. This utility is important because it offers a lot of cleaning and viewing options for files and hence should be carefully dealt with.

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What Is Fsutil In Windows 10 And Its Uses?


The “Fsutil” utility performs tasks related to NTFS and FAT file systems like managing reparse points, managing sparse files, and dismounting a volume. This tool is available on Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016. When you run the utility in the command prompt without parameters, it will just display the supported subcommands.

Fsutil supported subcommands
Fsutil supported subcommands

This tool requires full administrative privileges to run. Users that don’t have admin accounts cannot use this command. The following is the list of supported subcommands:

  • fsutil 8dot3name – 8dot3name management
  • fsutil behavior – control file system behavior
  • fsutil dirty – manage volume dirty bit
  • fsutil file – file specific commands
  • fsutil fsinfo – file system information
  • fsutil hardlink – hardlink management
  • fsutil objected – object ID management
  • fsutil quota – quota management
  • fsutil repair – self healing management
  • fsutil reparsepoint – reparse point management
  • fsutil resource – Transactional Resource Manager management
  • fsutil sparse – sparse file control
  • fsutil transaction – transaction management
  • fsutil usn – USN management
  • fsutil volume – volume management

For the complete explanation about the subcommands, head down to the Fsutil page.

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