Fat32 Defrag?

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Thu Jun 28 21:36:28 UTC 2007

manchicken wrote:
> On Thursday 28 June 2007 14:34:58 Andrew M wrote:
> > As many of you know, Kubuntu doesn't need a defragmentation tool (woo
> > hoo!).  The problem is, not everyone can use the wonderful Ext3 file
> > system that Kubuntu does.  That's why most people use Fat32 for their
> > flash drives.  There's a problem: Fat32 needs to be fragmented.  Is
> > there a Kubuntu tool that will defrag Fat32???
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Andrew Min
> Do flash drives fragment?  That may sound like a stupid
> question--probably is--but I didn't think that they did.

It depends on the file system, i.e. with FAT you have fragmentation. But I 
think it shouldn't be a problem for flash drives anyway because the 
access time for all addresses of the flash memory should be equal. On a 
hard disk it is a problem because the drive head has to move a lot for 
reading a fragmented file, which increases the read time.


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