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How does OS perform file alteration ?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by knap, Dec 2, 2011.

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  1. knap

    knap Thread Starter

    Oct 15, 2007
    I'm interested in how OS alters the content of a file.

    For instance, if i change the content of a text file by adding or deleting a paragraph/word, how an OS performs the task?

    My guess is it deletes the entire old file and creates a new version of it, because it cannot access particular bytes of a cluster in order to delete them or add new ones.
    If this is true, does OS create a new file version on the same cluster starting position (if there is enough space, i.e. if the position of the next populated cluster allows it), or it throws the new file in a random free space on the disk?

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