Filesystem type for "storage" drive
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  1. #1
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    Filesystem type for "storage" drive

    I have a drive that I am going to use for media storage, but i am not sure which filesystem type to choose. It was originally ext2 since it had Fedora on it once before, but I want something that is accessible (ie read/write) from a Windows system. I think as long as I share the mount via Samba or something I should not need to worry about the type of system it is.

    Before thinking, I chose fat32 until I remember the limitations. Since this drive will be mounted by Fedora, I believe I should stick with ext*, but I'm not sure which to choose.

  2. #2
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    Windows does not use ext3 or 4 only ext2, which is all but obsolete, especially for backup or data files.
    ext4 is the default fedora install type. I've been using it since is first came out in F9 and have only had a couple of freespace unalloc errors, which are fixed now in the current kernels.


    SJ

    # lvs
    LV VG Attr LSize Origin Snap% Move Log Copy% Convert
    LogVol71Storage VolGroup71 -wi-ao 425.00g
    LogVol71swap VolGroup71 -wi-ao 4.00g
    LogVol72root VolGroup71 -wi-ao 32.00g
    LogVol72Storage VolGroup72 -wi-ao 931.51g

    [root@Ruthie-07 ~]# df -l
    Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/mapper/VolGroup71-LogVol72root
    33027952 8086884 23263348 26% /
    tmpfs 1540172 332 1539840 1% /dev/shm
    /dev/sda1 317335 62168 238783 21% /boot
    /dev/mapper/VolGroup71-LogVol71Storage
    438652384 67500784 370260312 16% /home
    /dev/mapper/VolGroup72-LogVol72Storage
    961428808 137651160 818893868 15% /mnt/storage72

    [root@Ruthie-07 ~]# mount
    /dev/mapper/VolGroup71-LogVol72root on / type ext4 (rw)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw)
    sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
    devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw)
    tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,rootcontext="system_u:object_r:tmpfs_t:s0")
    /dev/sda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw)
    /dev/mapper/VolGroup71-LogVol71Storage on /home type ext4 (rw)
    none on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw)
    sunrpc on /var/lib/nfs/rpc_pipefs type rpc_pipefs (rw)
    /dev/mapper/VolGroup72-LogVol72Storage on /mnt/storage72 type ext4 (rw)
    Do the Math

  3. #3
    wolfen69 Guest
    I chose ntfs for mine because every os can read ntfs, but not every os can read ext4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfen69
    I chose ntfs for mine because every os can read ntfs, but not every os can read ext4.
    That is NOT true.

    SJ
    Do the Math

  5. #5
    wolfen69 Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by SlowJet
    That is NOT true.

    SJ
    You could at least elaborate. Don't say it's not true and run away.

    OK, I'll rephrase it. Most OS's can read ntfs. Plus, I like the idea of being able to defragment them. But that's just me.

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