Re: Modified FAT filesystem

Gordon Chaffee (
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 12:49:07 -0800 (PST)

Albert Cahalan <> wrote:
>Right now, mtools is 4x as fast as the kernel filesystem.
>I tested a file copy of 700 kB on a 1.44 MB floppy disk and
>a file copy of 4 MB on a 96 MB Zip disk. In both cases,
>mtools was about 4x faster.

I ran a couple tests, and I didn't see a 4x difference, but
mtools would usually win. The most dramatic difference I saw
was on a 45 MB file.

mtools: 35.66 seconds to write file.
fat: 87.49 seconds to write file.

So mtools in this case is 2.5x faster than the kernel fat code.

Gordon Chaffee