defrag and MFT issue

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  1. cet

    cet Registered Member

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    I defrag my computer once a week but I always see 2 pieces of MFT as seen in the pic.Is there a safe way to make MFT one piece; which I believe also would make my boot up time quicker.
     

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    although I doubt it will make any noticeable difference try with maybe a trial of Diskeeper or PerfectDisk and once done revert back to Puran. Also did you try to defrag MFT at boot time with Puran?
     
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    I downloaded Perfect Disk trial yesterday and made boot time defrag but nothing changed.I did boot time defrag with Puran too.
     
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    Does PD report MFT in 2 places too? Then maybe it can't be changed
     
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    I find Perfect Disk's boot time defrag the most complete of all defragmenters that I've tested - MFT, metadata files, pagefile etc are always in one contiguous piece.

    If your MFT is in 2 pieces, you'll not notice an iota of difference performance wise to it being completely defragmented. Just the defrags graphic view of your system will look prettier. :rolleyes:
     
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    Actually according to Perfect Disk the second part is not MFT but it is Metadata.I would like to resize my partition,because of that I would like to move it to the beginning of the disk.Thanks for helping.
     

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    cet,

    Use a defrag agent that defrags both locked files and normal files at once, like Paragon Total defrag. For me, Total defrag always puts the MFT at the start of the disk and MFT zone is created at the end. MFT zone is just a reserved area in case MFT needs to be expanded.

    Also, the last graphic you attached shows the entire last 4 lines on your drive to be MFT zone. Something is not right with your configuration.
     
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    It's not always a good idea to have to MFT at the very beginning of the disk,
    since the HD has to switch between the MFT and actual files constantly, the best place for the MFT is somewhere in the middle of your populated disk area.
     
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    It depends on your specific configuration. My drive is split into partitions and the system C: partition is only 45 GB, out of which only 26 GB is currently occupied. My drives max transfer rate is around 80 MB/s and minimum access time is 5 ms. The difference in the transfer rates between the 0-26 GB area of the drive is only 4 MB/s and the difference in the access time is only 3 ms.

    So, basically, for my configuration it does not matter whether the MFT is at the immediate start, in the middle, or at the end of the data area of my system partition.
     
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    Not sure about safe, but Disktrix UltimateDefrag2008 can probably do it (or V3 if it ever comes out). However, it's commercial software and some people have reported problems with its boot-time module.
     
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    This is true. A good defragger should put the folders at the very beginning of the disk and as far as I know only Puran does this. There is really no need to touch MFT unless it is fragmented which Puran takes care of it in boot time defragmentation.
     
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    IOBit SmartDefrag also places dir at the beginning of the partition. It's why I have trouble chosing between Iobit & Puran.
     
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