Here is a picture finally. The large strip in the center of the top band is the largest chunk, in the other, grey areas are the various clusters with it.
On the right, the big long grey line is
$logfile (not paging), and it is 63&nbsb;MB. Paging, 500&nbsb;MB is the dark cyan chunk, next to the yellow MFTres in the inner rings.. The disk was defragged so they could be seen easier. Not all clusters of this type of file are tagged, but the idea is there.
The disk is 4k clusters, now about 12 GB size. Each cute little block in the picture is .81 MB and represents 207 clusters. The dkGreen section, is mostly the whole Winsxs pile, also interesting when they keep telling us it doesn't take much disk space.
Wikipedia suggests that in previous NT systems "USN journaling" would be turned on when enabled (assumes it could also be turned off?).
What aspects, services, or program is working on putting that stuff all over the disk which is known by
$jrnl$ type clusters, even if it is not actual USN journaling?
Is it possible in a Windows 7 system to completly disable the journaling, and what would be the ramifications of that?
On a Windows XP NTFS system, I do not recall seeing the quantity of disk clusters used with these
$jrnl$ names, so I do not recall this being necessary in this quantity for an NTFS file system itself?
I understand that it would not be there, if it did not have a useful function :-) Information about how wonderful is fine, if that information will help track down what parts of the system create and use it.
Change Journals states:
Change journals are also needed to recover file system indexing
Hmm, that might explain some of them, or why it was left on the disk. A crash while background indexing?