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What is the optimal size for an NTFS partition, or does it matter?
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by:quang2011
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For me who use a lot of small files, NTFS partitions of 2GB
will save me a lot of hardisk space because of its cluster size
512 bytes.
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Depends on what you want to store on it. If you want to put NT in, I would go for the entire HD because of smaller cluster size and security reasons, however it is slower than FAT. If you just want to store files or applications select the size at will.

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by:djfitz
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When formating an extended partition the cluster size is easily
controlled.  Using a cluster size of 2k or 4k seems to reduce fragementing and improve through put.  Using a disk defragger product like Disk Keeper can tell you what the mix of large files, (like applications and spreadsheets in the megs)versus small files (like non-text rich format documents, bat files)you have to make an informed decision.  
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