Maybe it is because FAT filesystem wasn't well designed from the beginning and defrag was a workaround to solve performances problems.

as everything else microsoft did it wasn't designed but stoled, possibly slightly changed.

FAT is similar (mostly the same) as CP/M filesystem.

CP/M was single-user and was used on floppies up to 360kB AFAIK, small enough to be able to keep most metadata in memory, even for small hard disks FAT was stupid.

The only "innovation" of Micro$oft was subdirs ;)

FAT does NOTHING to prevent fragmentation, simply gets the first block availble when needed.

NTFS is a theft of OS/2 HPFS. they didn't even bothered to use other partition ID :), but they managed to f..k^H^H^H^Hextend it's functionality, so it's actually even slower than FAT, and too - does nothing to prevent fragmentation.

This is normal, as Microsoft make a problems to be able to "fix" it (creating 3 times more others) in new releases, so idiots continue to buy new versions of windoze and new hardware, just to do as simple task as writing a few-paged document or view a webpage
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