Whenever possible, try to distribute large numbers of files across several volumes. If you have to put millions of files on a single volume, try to keep your filenames short to save space and improve performance.
It's been known for quite some time, but when I checked my computers, I was in for a nasty surprise - I had 8dot3 Name Creation enabled on all of them. Then I remembered I enabled it some time ago when I had problem with some old installer from the 16-bit era. I disabled it, ran some test (plain old file copy) and indeed it was faster.
So no problem from now on - but what do I do with all those short names lying on the disk? I had enabled it shortly after initial windows installation, so practically all filenames have short counterparts. Is there a program or method to find all short names on a given partition? For normal folders i'll just copy over and back to/from another partition, but also what about windows' system files?
Maybe it won't yield enormous performance, but I want to try. Also, I ran with disabled 8dot3 name creation before and I don't expect problems.
This post has been edited by GrofLuigi: 10 November 2008 - 09:12 PM