I was following this thread and it was confirmed several times that FAT slows down file browsing and is suboptimal. What about switching to some other Linux FS e.g. ReiserFS? It was tooted as being fast with many small files. Besides, an Ext* formatted new empty HDD has noticeably less free space than the same HDD with Reiser, because Ext needs more space for system data.
Last edited by Viacheslav; 06-24-2011 at 06:33 AM.