A formatting question

Discussion in 'Paragon Partition Manager Product Line' started by StaticEyePee, Feb 26, 2010.

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  1. StaticEyePee

    StaticEyePee Registered Member

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    After I format (NTFS) a 120 GB primary partition with Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009 boot CD, about 5 MB is occupied by the file system (prior to OS installation). But when I use other software, that size varies. For instance, when I format with Easeus Partition Master (with the same cluster size), it's 65 MB. It occured to me that different utilities might be creating a different-sized MFT but how can there be a difference in MFT size when there are no files. Could someone explain?
     
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    Paragon_MattK Paragon Moderator

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    The different utilities could be writing the MFT differently, however the only difference should be the amount of space reserved for the MFT, not the actual data, it really doesn't make much difference, except that a larger reserved space for the MFT could help prevent fragmentation as the file system grows.
     
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    Thanks. If that's the only difference, then it really doesn't matter, since Windows by default reserves 12.5% of the volume for the MFT, which would be 15 GB in my case.
     
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  4. StaticEyePee

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    Found one difference: Paragon creates NTFS v1.02, while Easeus creates v3.01.
     
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