RE: Newbie: How do I defrag my (FAT) drive?
From: Kretzer, Jason R (Big Sandy) (jason.kretzer_at_kctcs.edu)
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2005 10:29:37 -0400 To: <email@example.com>
I would boot a Windows/DOS boot disk and run defrag from there. I would
not try it from linux. Just my first thoughts.
From: Hendrik Boom [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: Newbie: How do I defrag my (FAT) drive?
On Tue, Aug 23, 2005 at 05:49:58PM +0200, Tim Ruehsen wrote:
> > You don't need to. You only need to defragment your disk if your
> > operating system is incapable of keeping the fragmentation under
> > control, and Linux does not suffer from this problem.
> Many people say so, but it is not true.
> Ext2 takes some precautions to reduce fragmentation a bit (in
> (V)FAT), but ext2 can't prevent it. And it is not a feature of 'Linux'
> a feature of the filesystem.
While we're on the subject, how *do* you defragment an MSDOS file system
when you're running Linux. I'm faced with a MSDOS-formatted USB drive
that is used to ferry data to a plugin for a Nintendo DS that
requires each file to be contiguous.
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