> I would do it by writing to temporary files. The reason is because
> when you start writing to an offset in a new file, the write call
> will block for a long time while Windows zeroes/randomizes the
> earlier bytes so that you cant read someone elses file that was
> previously in the same place on the disk.
With NT and better (who really cares about Win9x any more), you can
use sparse files, where the OS creates a file (potentially larger
than the disk) but only allocates sectors as you write them. Once
the file is complete, it would be copied to a normal file.
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