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Re: Lots of files

From: John Peacock <jpeacock_at_rowman.com>
Date: 2004-11-05 17:25:53 CET

Patrick Dean Rusk wrote:

> Some quick calculations with your numbers suggest that you have a 2048
> byte block size on your disk, which means the small administrative files
> maintained by both CVS and SVN are taking up much more space on disk than
> their internal bytes account for.

Except that is not how NTFS operates. If the file contents are small
enough, and the blocksize large enough, the contents of the file will be
store in the MFT Directory Entry, not in a seperate file in the
filesystem. The size of the MFT block is based on the blocksize of the
underlying volume, so in cases of small files, it is actually _more_
efficient to have a larger blocksize:



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