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Re: Please help with following situation

From: Felix Miata
Subject: Re: Please help with following situation
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 14:42:22 -0500
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On 2010/11/22 13:07 (GMT-0600) Steve Cohen composed:

/dev/sda2             132         164      265072+   6  FAT16
       /dev/sda2 = /DOS

That may be an unfortunate choice of size. With a "255 head" scheme it's up to one "cylinder" past the maximum size handled by a FAT16B cluster size of 4096, making your clusters 8192, doubling overhang waste. I think if you proceed to do all your installing to /dev/sda2 and check freespace, then delete sda2, recreate at ~257040 "blocks" (514,080 sectors), reformat, and reinstall, you'll find considerably more freespace on the smaller partition, unless your files are mostly larger than 8192 bytes.

Optionally if actually using DOS 7.1 instead of 7.0, or by using FreeDOS, and if all your "DOS" applications are filesystem agnostic, you could format FAT32 and keep the smaller 4096 byte clusters, along with other advantages FAT32 brings over FAT16B.
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