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#1 tonnawd

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:03 PM

On one of my pcs I have hundreds of MFT files and only a couple on all others. Is this a bad thing? I am feeling like the pc is cluttered now that I noiticed this. I reformatted it about 6 months ago. It is running XP sp3 pro with most of the latest downloads. No brand, it is home built. Asus motherboard, pentium®, 2 dual gigs of ram.

Is this something that need attention?

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 04:50 PM

What do you mean precisely by "MFT File"?

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 05:26 PM

MFT = Master File Table. Suppose to contains information about every file and directory on an NTFS volume. There is next to nothing on this pc, where my others with tons of stuff have one to five MFT files vs 100's.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 06:47 PM

The Master File Table backing files ought not be visible to users. Where are you seeing these files?

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 07:28 PM

They show up on smart defrag 2

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 09:44 PM

Oh, I see now: your Master File Table is fragmented. If you're using Windows Vista or newer then the built-in defragmenter will defragment the MFT. If you're using Windows XP, you can use the contig.exe utility from Microsoft. Contig.exe is a command-line tool for defragmenting single files. Just use it with the MFT as it's argument: contig.exe C:\$MFT

Edited by Andrew, 11 February 2012 - 09:45 PM.





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