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format partition?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by okeee, Jun 28, 2006.

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  1. okeee

    okeee Thread Starter

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    I formatted a partition, NTFS. When I checked properties, over 50mb was used on the partition, I used Partition Magic. How can this be, after formatting the partition?
     
  2. pugmug

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    Why don't you just use disk management in the o/s to format?
     
  3. JohnWill

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    NTFS has some overhead for the MFT, it's normal. Not to worry, just use it. ;)
     
  4. okeee

    okeee Thread Starter

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    What's that actually? And what is used by over 50mb?
     
  5. Skivvywaver

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    MFT= Master file table. It uses considerably more than 50 meg when all is said and done. The MFT can grow and will grow.

    The only reason you even know about it now is because you just formatted the partition.

    Like you have been advised, just use the partition. You can not get away without having an MFT.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    At least if you use NTFS you need one. The two copies of the FAT don't show up in the space used, so people with FAT32 don't realize they got cheated too. :D
     
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