[OBORONA-SPAM] Re: [OBORONA-SPAM] Re: ipod madness

Art Alexion art.alexion at verizon.net
Thu Apr 27 02:06:02 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 26 April 2006 00:26, Gabriel Dragffy wrote:
> On Tuesday 25 April 2006 22:08, Art Alexion wrote:
> > Wile the effect is less with, say, 10MB of larger music files (1-3 files)
> > than with 4k text files (2500 files - each one contributing some slack),
> > it is still more efficient to go with the smallest block size possible.
> I believe this to be incorrect, since if you format the disc with smaller
> clusters (which means more of them)  then the File Allocation Table (FAT)
> also grows in size to keep track of the greater number of allocation
> points.

I could be wrong, but I understood that the limitation on windows partitions 
and on block size choices is that the FAT cannot grow.  Hence the total 
number of blocks in a partition is limited, and therefore blocks must be 
bigger (and less efficient) to use the available space in the partition.

The improvement of FAT32 over FAT16 was a larger partition table that allowed 
for smaller blocks and/or larger partitions (if larger blocks are used).

Art Alexion
Arthur S. Alexion LLC

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