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April 21st, 2010, 11:08 AM
I want to use a couple of old HDDs as backup storage devices. One is NTFS and seems to be adequate, but Ubuntu wont give me that format option for a 2nd dev. I seem to remember FAT32 has a too limited number of sub-directories allowed or it might not handle my filenames as well as NTFS.
Must i adopt a Primary, or will Ex2/3 suffice?
April 21st, 2010, 11:40 AM
One is NTFS and seems to be adequate, but Ubuntu wont give me that format option for a 2nd dev.
Are you trying to use Gparted or Disk Utility? Whatever, you need to install the package ntfsprogs to be able to create/resize NTFS partitions with either utility.
I seem to remember FAT32 has a too limited number of sub-directories allowed
You may be right - I can't remember - but the main disadvantages of FAT32 is the 4GB filesize limit and the fact that it is non-journalled and therefore more vulnerable to corruption than either NTFS or a Linux journalled FS.
April 21st, 2010, 05:06 PM
If you only plan to access the drive from Linux, then I recommend you use a Linux-native filesystem, such as ext2fs, ext3fs, ReiserFS, or XFS, on both drives. NTFS offers no advantages over these filesystems, and several disadvantages. For instance, if you store files outside of a tarball or other carrier, NTFS won't preserve permissions, which can be very important for some files. Also, if there's a power failure or system crash, you'll need Windows to run a disk check (CHKDSK) on the disk, since Linux can't do a full disk check on NTFS.
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