I don’t know what the hell is wrong with Windows XP and FAT32. I recently installed Linux so I have this FAT32 partition that I can use to share files between my Linux and Windows systems. Up till that, I had no problem defragging the NTFS partition with O&O Defrag 8. Since I started using FAT32, I’ve noticed it takes AGES to defrag the drive (though it’s only 20GB) and it just plain doesn’t work. Files are moved, but only for show: currently largest contiguous free space is 30mb and the drive’s 85% (85!) fragmented. As it is, I might just have to wipe it clean and go back to Windows 98, where I had no such problems.
So what is the matter with this? Each new defrag only increases the fragmentation, and to add insult to injury I can’t defrag files that are being written (such as current BT downloads) cause I’d be losing reported free space till there’s 0 bytes left, and would have to reboot to get it back.