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Anonymous
May 1, 2004 12:00:25 PM

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1- I know that on win 2k it is impossible to defrag
clusters over 4K in size due to limitations in the API.
I was wondering if MS ever developed a patch or
workaround for this limitation. I often have files that
are over 32 k in size and would like my disks to be able
to contain these files in one single cluster rather than
8 or 16. I know that WinXp and 2003 do not have this
problem but at work we have win 2K server and pro and
since I use diskeeper I am unable to use 32 or 64k
clusters (as I said,they won't defrag).

2- Is it possible to resize clusters on a functional OS
without formatting?

These questions may seem "dumb" to some of you but hey, I
have to ask just to satisfy my curiosity. You'll never
know if you never ask, right?

Thanks

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Anonymous
May 4, 2004 12:27:03 AM

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Jay

1. As far as I am aware, this problem still exists. This MS Knowledge Base
article describes limitations in the built in defrag program:

http://support.microsoft.com/?id=227463

2. Not within the operating system, but third party software, Partition
Magic for instance, is said to have this possibility.

Best regards

Bjorn
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Bjorn Landemoo - mvp2@landemoo.com - http://landemoo.com/
Microsoft MVP - Windows Server Networking

"Jay-P" <jpierre21@NO_SPAM.hotmail.com> wrote:

>1- I know that on win 2k it is impossible to defrag
>clusters over 4K in size due to limitations in the API.
>I was wondering if MS ever developed a patch or
>workaround for this limitation. I often have files that
>are over 32 k in size and would like my disks to be able
>to contain these files in one single cluster rather than
>8 or 16. I know that WinXp and 2003 do not have this
>problem but at work we have win 2K server and pro and
>since I use diskeeper I am unable to use 32 or 64k
>clusters (as I said,they won't defrag).
>
>2- Is it possible to resize clusters on a functional OS
>without formatting?
>
>These questions may seem "dumb" to some of you but hey, I
>have to ask just to satisfy my curiosity. You'll never
>know if you never ask, right?
>
>Thanks
Anonymous
May 4, 2004 4:04:51 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.file_system (More info?)

Paragon PM
http://www.partition-manager.com/home/personal/features...
is able to defrag NTFS clusters over 4K.
It also can resize clusters without formatting.

Jay-P wrote:
> 1- I know that on win 2k it is impossible to defrag
> clusters over 4K in size due to limitations in the API.
> I was wondering if MS ever developed a patch or
> workaround for this limitation. I often have files that
> are over 32 k in size and would like my disks to be able
> to contain these files in one single cluster rather than
> 8 or 16. I know that WinXp and 2003 do not have this
> problem but at work we have win 2K server and pro and
> since I use diskeeper I am unable to use 32 or 64k
> clusters (as I said,they won't defrag).
>
> 2- Is it possible to resize clusters on a functional OS
> without formatting?
>
> These questions may seem "dumb" to some of you but hey, I
> have to ask just to satisfy my curiosity. You'll never
> know if you never ask, right?
>
> Thanks
!