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CS609: System Programming Assignment No. 06 Semester: Fall 2012 Due Date: 06/02/2013


Assignment # 6 CS609 has been uploaded. Its due date is 06 -02- 2013. Please discuss here about the assignment



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The objective of this assignment is to enhance your knowledge about;

  • File System
  • Block size
  • Internal Fragmentation




Part a)

10 Marks


What advantage and disadvantage do we get if Bytes per Sector used in a file system is too small/large? Your answer shall be in the following tabular format.




No. of Bytes per Sector is Small



No. of Bytes per Sector is Large




Part b)

10 Marks

Let suppose we have to store files on a hard disk having sizes given as below.

840 Bytes, 1790 Bytes, 650 Bytes, 2470 Bytes and 2840 Bytes.


You have to choose an optimal size of sector on your disk which also referred as Bytes per Sector or Block Size. You have the choice to choose the Sector size only from typical values 512 Bytes, 1024 Bytes or 2048 Bytes. Do not make random guess, do some calculations and report them in your solution. Based on your calculations, answer the following questions with reasons stated briefly.


Question No.1: What Block size will you choose if the objective is to have optimal disk space utilization?


Question No.2: What Block size will you choose if the objective is to have reduced access time?




You are required to submit a single MS word file through LMS.



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