There has to be a way to shrink MFT reserved zone

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by allizomeniz, May 21, 2014.

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    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    Anyone know of a reliable way to shrink the size of the MFT in XP without installing a program like PerfectDisk or Diskeeper? The method most commonly given is to create a new DWORD value in the registry (NtfsMftZoneReservation = 1,2,3 or 4), but it doesn't work for me. I tried ControlSet001, 002, 003 and CurrentControlSet, rebooting each time but nothing. Is there more to it or am I doing something wrong? I can't believe there's not some easy way to do this. I would just use PD or DK but I've got one logical drive that even they don't work on. :mad:
     
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    allizomeniz Registered Member

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    Finally cracked it.

    Windows, in it's infinite wisdom, stores regular data in the MFT reserved zone and it has to be removed first. I did it with MyDefrag, there may be others. Once that was done, PerfectDisk boot-time shrunk it without any problem. :cool:
     
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