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Jon_J
I had some probs with lost clusters on my FAT formatted /hdd3 and repaired them using fsck.vfat.
I decided to try Diskeeper 7.0 on Windows to defrag my /hdd3 thru USB. (This was mentioned in another post).
Is this advisable? This is the first I've used Diskeeper on my /hdd3

What is the Linux counterpart to Defrag for a FAT partition?
I would rather use a Linux tool, instead of hooking my Z up to Windows to defrag the drive.
Below are before and after screenshots of Diskeeper.
This took about 1 hour.
xamindar
It should be fine. Just takes longer. And don't unplug it while you are defragging.
Jon_J
QUOTE(xamindar @ Jun 2 2006, 12:44 PM)
It should be fine.  Just takes longer.  And don't unplug it while you are defragging.
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Thank you for your reply.
What is the Linux equivelent for defrag?
How do people defrag a FAT partition on Linux, without access to a Windows box?

Yes, I know defrag shouldn't be interrupted. I would not unplug the USB cable while defragging over USB smile.gif
xamindar
Linux doesn't need defrag. So there aren't really any usefull ones out there. The best way to defrag a fat partition is to just use windows defrag.
Sy Ali
Linux doesn't lead defrag for most Linux-native partitions (notibly ext2 and ext3).

However, FAT is FAT.. even when run under Linux it could benefit from defragging couldn't it?

I don't know of any tools offhand. I stopped using FAT up until last week when I got a C1000. =/
xamindar
QUOTE(Sy Ali @ Jun 18 2006, 11:48 AM)
However, FAT is FAT.. even when run under Linux it could benefit from defragging couldn't it?


Correct. And the only reason someone would still use FAT is if they have a Windows operating system that needs it. In that case they can just use windows defrag to defrag it. cool.gif
speculatrix
on linux, simply back everything up, erase, restore.. the only time I use fat is for inter-changing files between windows and linux.

there are utilities for windows to read/write ext2 partitions.
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