changing MFT size

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by WSFuser, Dec 14, 2006.

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  1. WSFuser

    WSFuser Registered Member

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    recent versions of Diskeeper have a feature to analyze and resize the MFT. is there any standalone utility to do this?
     
  2. Meriadoc

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    I dont know but I think there is a value in the registry that can control the initial size, best used on a fresh formatted drive.
     
  3. Franklin

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    I set the MFT to 4 with the reg setting below and it blue screened but still started on reboot.Have it set at 2 now and no probs.

    But go by the old motto - "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

    I only try out things as my ghost images can get my system back to the way I like it.

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    http://arstechnica.com/guides/tweaks/sgp-tweaks.ars

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ FileSystem]

    Under this key there is a setting called NtfsMftZoneReservation, the default setting of which is 1. The range of this value is from 1 to 4. The default setting reserves one-eighth of the volume for the MFT. A setting of 2 reserves one-quarter of the volume for the MFT. A setting of 3 for NtfsMftZoneReservation reserves three-eighths of the volume for the MFT and setting it to 4 reserves half of the volume for the MFT. Most users will never exceed one-quarter of the volume. I recommend a setting of 2 for most users. This allows for a "moderate number of files" commensurate with the number of small files included in most computer games and applications. Reboot after applying this tweak.
     
  4. NGRhodes

    NGRhodes Registered Member

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    All it does is creates lots of small files and deletes them after, im sure ive seen something suitable before, will have a dig around when I have time.

    Nick.
     
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