Is there a way to get around the FAT32 limitation or eliminate the NTFS always writing to USB Thumb/Flash drive?
Posted on 2008-10-27
I am running a YaBB bulletin board from a USB thumb/flash drive using portable server software (Server2Go), but it seems that if I format the USB thumb/flash drive as NTFS, it gets slower with use. I was told that was because NTFS writes often to the drive, so always format a USB thumb/flash drive using FAT or FAT32. However, one of the folders holds the 90,000+ messages, and with FAT32, I cannot save more than some 33,000 files into that Messages folder due to FAT32 limitations.
The forum/bulletin board is a closed BB, so no new entries are allowed. It is an archival solution which allows for searching of the old BB.
I get the following error when trying to copy more than some 33,000 files to any one folder:
"Cannot copy (filename). The directory or file cannot be created."
(1) Is there a way to get around the 33,000-or-so file limitation with FAT32 without creating new folders and separating the message files into multiple folders?
(2) Is there a way to make certain that the NTFS file system will not continuously write to the USB thumb/flash drive, thus slowing it down?