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The minimum size of NTFS partition (Windows NT)

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What's the minimum size of a NTFS partition in windows NT?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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by:static-void
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8mb i believe
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I believe it's not 8mb.
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by:static-void
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what makes you believe it isnt, 8mb is the smallest partition size i can create on ntfs....
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but I mean in Windows NT not others
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by:static-void
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ntfs is a filesystem its os independant
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by:doluong
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static-void:
what makes you believe it isnt, 8mb is the smallest partition size i can create on ntfs....

~~> I think, that's OS limitation, not ntfs'
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The minimum recommended size is 10 MB - there have been instances where people have gotten a floppy (1.4 MB) formatted as NTFS.

References:
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/choosing_between_ntfs_fat_and_fat32.mspx?mfr=true
http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/NtfsFlp.html
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Thanks static-void and leew. Your infomation's very helpful. But could you confirm about the minimum size? The recommended is 10MB but is it possible to cread a ntfs partition < 4MB , < 8MB in Windows NT?

There have been instances where people have gotten a floppy (1.4 MB) formatted as NTFS  ~> they use some tricks to fool the system. Let's say about the regular method.
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by:bz43
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Hi,

static-void is correct.   The minimum size is 8 MB.

Below I paraphrased remarks "one" and "two" below.  Therefore the associated website is listed.
Number three is what I got when I created the smallest NTFS partition on my Windows XP computer.

1. Mark Russinovich wrote NTFSFlp.  It only works only on NT 4.0 and requires administrative privilege to run.  The link, http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/NtfsFlp.html .  

2. There are two common versions of NTFS:
- NTFS 1.1, which is also called NTFS 4.0 (since it is most commonly used with Windows NT version 4.0).
- NTFS 5.0, which is an integral part of Windows 2000.
- Link, http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/ntfs/ver-c.html

3. Using  Computer Management located in Administrative Tools or by running from the command line, compmgmt.msc to create a NTFS 5 partition you can get:
- Used space is 2,549,760 bytes or 2.43 MB
- Free space is 5,675,008 bytes or 5.41 MB
- Capacity is 8,224,768 bytes or 7.84 MB
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