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FAT16 vs FAT32 vs NTFS speed on USB stick


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http://www.uwe-siebe...usbstick_e.html
this is what I have been looking for. So I can finally map my network share as D:.


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USB disks are at DISK.SYS. I tried to rename it to _isk.sys and amend txtsetup.sif accordingly. This failed, disk.sys is hardcoded and used in other drivers, I did not go further.


Probably also setup.hiv and .inf files need to be amended...:unsure:

You can try renaming other drivers, i.e. ATAPI.SYS->ZTAPI.SYS, just for the sake of checking? :blink:

I don't think it will work, as an ATA/IDE drive will be both under ATAPI.SYS and DISK.SYS.....:(

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Just thought that I'd mention that M$ has now made exFAT32 available for WinXP. It can be downloaded here -> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955704

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as long as this update will not be automatically delivered through WU the majority of WinXP users will not have support for exFAT and thus my USB drive becomes much less portable if exFAT is used.

Edited by BigDaddy, 12 February 2009 - 10:57 AM.


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The answer to the speed issue on Usb sticks between W2k, Xp, Fat, Ntfs seems well explained here:
http://www.uwe-siebe...usbstick_e.html under "Cache or not"

[EDIT: oops, sorry, already mentioned in a post above]

The whole site is very interesting:
http://www.uwe-sieber.de/english.html

Edited by pointertovoid, 19 February 2009 - 07:44 AM.


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Just for the record, a comparison test with different filesystems on different sticks:
http://www.testfreak...-ntfs-vs-exfat/

Is it possible that Vista has re-added some speed to FAT32? :unsure:

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A few tests on Windows 7 x64.

Buffalo RUF2-R2G USB stick, Windows 7 x64, xcopy-ing I386 folder only, from XP SP3 from a folder on the internal hard disk, 5878 small files, 375MB total. Default cluster size for 2GB partition, tests repeated several times with format before each.

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NTFS - 572.22 seconds :w00t:
FAT16 - 169.17 seconds
FAT32 - 171.19 seconds

Quite slow Apacer 4GB stick:

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NTFS - 696.48
FAT16 - 818.19
FAT32 - 903.17

Optimize for performance/removal doesn't seem to make any sugnificant difference in each case.

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