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NTFS and FAT Performance

FAT-minus: catastrophic loss of performance with increasing fragmentation, especially for large disks (only FAT32). Difficulties with access to arbitrarily large (say, 10% or more of disk size) files. Very slowdown Directory, containing a large number of files. NTFS-pros: File Fragmentation is not practically any effect on the file system itself is the work of fragmented system only getting worse in terms of access to their own data files. complexity directory structure and the number of files in one directory also shall not interfere special performance constraints. Quick access to arbitrary snippet of a file (such as editing large. wav files). Very fast access to files are small (a few hundred bytes), the entire file can be found at the same place where, and system data (MFT record). NTFS-minus: Significant demands on system memory (64 megabytes-the absolute minimum, preferably more). slow drives and controllers without Bus Mastering severely reduces performance NTFS. Working with a medium-sized catalog so difficult that they almost always fragmented. Disk, long employed in a full by 80% - 90%, will be to show very poor performance. I would like to emphasize once again that, in practice, the major factor on which the performance of the file system is, strangely enough, the memory of the machine. System memory 64-96 megabytes-a point at which performance NTFS and FAT32 roughly equivalent. Note also the complexity of organizing the data on your machine. If you do not use anything but the simplest applications and the operating system - it may happen that FAT32 will be able to show higher performance and the large number of machines with memory. - NTFS system, which conceptual for the future, and this is the real future for the majority of applications today still, unfortunately, probably not come. At the moment, NTFS ensures stable and indifferent to a number of factors, but perhaps still on the low-typical "gaming" the home-system performance. The main advantage of NTFS in terms of speed is that the system insensitive parameters such as catalogs complexity (the number of files in one directory), the amount of disk fragmentation, etc. FAT systems, however, each of these factors lead to a substantial reduction in the speed of work. Only in the complex high-performance systems-for example, the image stops or simply to serious office computers with thousands of documents, or even more so in the file-structure advantage NTFS be able to give a real performance gains, which are sometimes visible to the naked eye. Users who do not have a large disks, slaughtered information, and not using complex programs not expect miracles from NTFS speed, in terms of performance on simple home systems much better show itself FAT32.
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