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I want to move the MFT to end of contiguous used space. Right now it is placed at the middle: enter image description here

I want to move it to the beginning. How can I do that?

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??? MBR is not the same as MFT. –  sgmoore Jul 16 '12 at 10:58
Why exactly do you want to do this? –  Ramhound Jul 16 '12 at 11:16
That looks like it might be the MFT mirror, which holds the most important (beginning) parts of the MFT and is often located fairly far away to allow for recovery in case of corruption. Or it could be a fragmented MFT, it's impossible to tell from that screenshot. –  Bob Jul 16 '12 at 11:33

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As far as I know, you can't move the MFT without risking a reinstall if things go wrong. I'd recommend leaving it where it is.

You can't move MBR, full stop.

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Sysinternals Contig is able to defragment the $MFT file.

When the filesystem is NTFS, contig can also analyse and defragment the following files:
$mft, $LogFile, $Volume, $Attrdef, $Bitmap, $Boot, $BadClus, $Secure, $UpCase, $Extend


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UltraDefrag (Open Source Defragmentation tool for the Windows) have MFT optimization, which processes the MFT only.

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