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FAT32 does not handle fragmented files very well, so always copy multiple files with a single copy command, whether using copy & paste or drag and drop. In other words, do not start a second copy&paste before the first one is done. It also a good idea to defragment the drive occasionally if you delete files. Fragmentation could be the cause of choppy playback on slower drives.
 

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Defrag'ing is always a good idea, no matter what the filing system.

I defrag'ed my laptop's C: drive last month, because I hadn't done it in a while. In the previous couple of weeks I'd been doing lots of DVD ripping/remuxing/etc., which necessitated lots of writing and deleting. After the defrag, I clawed back almost 3GB of drive space. On an NTFS drive.
 

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Defragging is good on hard drives but for those of you with solid state drives, don't do it. There is no performance gain, only wear on the drive.
 

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Yes, seems like an oxymoron considering a solid state device has no moving parts :bigsmile: To be a bit more precise, the Solid State / RAM-drive or SSD does not exactly wear out. It's the Flash Memory Cells that do and is a result of charge trapping characteristics or the dielectric breakdown characteristics of the tunnel oxide. The number of erase/write cycles that a flash array can achieve while retaining data integrity is usually greater than 100,000 cycles. There are a few other problems with these devices such as stuck cells caused by charge trapping , single bit failures due to leakage currents, and data retention vs. temperature ie: the hotter it is and longer it runs the quicker it will fail. Of course even a very conservative number is 100 years so it should not really be a concern,though files can still be fragmented as the clusters occupy data locations that are physically apart from each other so you may still want to defrag an SSD every 6 months or so..... and we really kinda went off topic :bigsmile:
 
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