A novel approach for efficient handling of small files in HDFS The Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is a representative cloud storage platform having scalable, reliable and low-cost storage capability. It is designed to handle large files. Hence, it suffers performance penalty while handling a huge number of small files. Further, it does not consider the correlation between the files to provide prefetching mechanism that is useful to improve access efficiency. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to handle small files in HDFS. The proposed approach combines the correlated files into one single file to reduce the metadata storage on Namenode. We integrate the prefetching and caching mechanisms in the proposed approach to improve access efficiency of small files. Moreover, we analyze the performance of the proposed approach considering file sizes in range 32KB-4096KB. The results show that the proposed approach reduces the metadata storage compared to HDFS.