06745311 is referenced by 31 patents.
The present invention is a method of allocating clusters of a disk or other computer readable medium containing a plurality of clusters to minimize fragmentation. To accomplish this, at least one available block is identified in the computer readable medium. Each block includes one or more contiguous available clusters, where each cluster comprises one or more units of storage space. A request is received to allocate one or more clusters to a file. At least one of the available blocks is selected based on a location of the available block. At least some of the clusters are allocated, and the file is written to the allocated clusters.