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What is the best file system and allocation size for a USB flash drive?

What is the best file system and allocation size for a USB flash drive?

I'm considering using my 4 GB Kingston DataTraveler USB stick to store my Firefox and Thunderbird profiles for my laptop and desktop PCs.

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Guest [Entry]

"As stated in the comments of the other answer suggesting using ATTO Disk Benchmark, I don't have a way to analyse the performance of ext2 (with ext2 IFS for Windows) on my USB drive.

So I gave it a try: I formatted using ext2, put my firefox profile on the flash drive, and then I did some surfing.

Surprisingly, ext2 behaves MUCH better than FAT32, NTFS or exFAT. Using one of these three filesystems I had constant freezing and unresponsiveness when using Firefox. Using ext2 there are still a few stutters but overall it is much more usable than the others. I have no idea why.

I'll mark this as accepted unless someone comes up with a better answer (other software to benchmark filesystem performance or an explanation as to why ext2 would be better)."
Guest [Entry]

Another idea: http://www.romexsoftware.com/ offers you a RAM disk. That software has an option to store / restore the current state of the RAM disk on shutdown / startup. -> Put that RAM disk image onto your USB stick?