Modify the order of files on a FAT file system so that they will appear in a specified order.
I created a USB drive filled with
music to play in my car radio that has a USB input. When I
went to play the music in my car I saw that the files were not
playing in the order I expected. The files played in the order
they were placed on the USB drive rather than in order by file name or track
number. I needed a utility to write the files onto the USB
device in a specific order that I could determine. Since it wasn't a difficult
job I wrote this quick utility program.
Note: This program only works on FAT or FAT32 formatted
drives. NTFS formatted drives behave differently so the
technique used by this program won't
work on drives formatted using that file system.
I haven't had an opportunity to write up any documentation yet,
but the program is fairly easy to operate. The program will
permit sorting the folders on the drive, as well as the files
within those folders. One thing to keep in mind is that the
sort button will sort the files by file name, not by any tags
within the files. If a different sort order is needed the
user will have to use the up/down buttons to manually put the
files into the desired order.
The FatReorder software is
available for download here.