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To prevent disk thrashing?
Yes. But you'll need to try it; and the effects will probably vary for different file systems.
For lots of small files it might speed things up; for lots of big ones it might slow things down. For a mix; you'll need to measure.
With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
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"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
In reply to Re^11: Threaded Code Not Faster Than Non-Threaded -- Why?