sparse-fat -- a FAT filesystem tool for creating sparse FAT partition images on filesystems that support it, or quickly copying one FAT partition to another, copying only sectors in use. FAT12, FAT16, and FAT32 are supported.

Update -- You can now select between normal and verbose mode with the -v switch. It also now shows a silly little spinner thingy while running to reassure you that it's actually doing something.

Update -- the makefile now has two builds, dynamic and static. The static build may be more appropriate for rescue discs, since it does not demand a specific libc. It also produces less, but more useful, debug output. These features in 0.3.

Recent tests with large FAT32 images have resulted in a corrupted output image. This utility is to be considered experimental.

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sparse-fat-0.4.tar.gz (20K)

linux i386 static executable gz(194K)