Free space after deleting a game?

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  1. D34DL1N3R
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    D34DL1N3R Nephilim

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    On a wbfs partitioned drive, what happens to the free space after deleting a game? I mean, lets say a game is taking up exactly 2 gigs of space and I delete it... and the next game I install is 3 gigs. Does the new game get installed partially in the place where the old one was, and the rest of it after everything else? Or does it not write to the freed up space unless what is being installed can completely fit in it?

    I'm confused about what happens to the space after deleting games beings you can't consolidate it.
     
  2. XFlak

    XFlak Wiitired but still kicking

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    see my bolded answers above

    but fat32 is better in my opinion anyways
     
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    D34DL1N3R Nephilim

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    With fat32 can you defrag and consolidate free space via pc without having negative effects on the games or performance?
     
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    XFlak Wiitired but still kicking

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    yes, in fact it can have a positive effect on game performance
     
  5. tylerzentz

    tylerzentz GBAtemp Regular

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    I believe you can.
     
  6. Wiimm

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    and again: fragmentation on wbfs is not really a problem because of the large (>=8MB on a >=300 GB drive) blocks and the random access while playing a game.

    In your example:
    The new disc has 2 fragments: 2GB and 1GB. Do only a few delete+create jobs on FAT/NTFS and you have more and smaller fragments.
     
  7. PsyBlade

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    If you are really worried about wbfs fragmentation ther is something you can try.
    I wrote a small hack that significantly reduces fragmentation by writing to the largest continuous area of free space.
    While the patch is for wimms tool the patched method should be easily portable to loaders.
    (We badly need standardized libs not a fork for each loader damnit.)
    I wrote it just for fun and doubt it will affect performance greatly, but on the other hand the code is there and ready to be used.