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ZankerH
November 7th, 2009, 10:41 PM
So which do you use and why? Flame on! joking, kind of...

Myself, I'm still mostly using ext3, either because I never bother to do an clean install (case in point, my current ubuntu 9.10 install has seen a clean upgrade path from 7.10) or, in the case of my netbooks, because ext4 has been reported to severly reduce the lifetime of SSDs.

On a related note, I did, however, just wipe a 1TB NTFS partition from a used disk I bought - the guy I bought it from didn't even bother to delete his files from it, and I'm sure I could have ruined his life if I bothered to just have a look around, but I'm not that evil. So which FS would you recommend for a 1TB partition that's mostly going to be used to store bulk data (plaintext logs, email archives,huge encryption keyfiles, etc) that only gets accessed once in a while?

SunnyRabbiera
November 7th, 2009, 11:00 PM
I favor ext3 right now, will I use ext4?
Maybe once some bugs are fixed, its still new.
I hope btrfs lives up to expectations

Zoot7
November 7th, 2009, 11:00 PM
I'm using ext4 wherever I can. :)

I'm slowly moving my external and internal storage hard drives to either ext3 or ext4 from ntfs, merely for the reason that I saw an ntfs filesystem get totally corrupted for no real reason about 2 months ago. It's a slow process, because there's nearly 7 terabytes there, only half way there yet. :biggrin:


So which FS would you recommend for a 1TB partition that's mostly going to be used to store bulk data (plaintext logs, email archives,huge encryption keyfiles, etc) that only gets accessed once in a while?
It depends on which OS you want to access the partition. If it's Linux only i'd go with ext3.

SuperSonic4
November 7th, 2009, 11:03 PM
System

/ = ext4
/home = ext4
/var = reiserfs


Media

/mnt/Documents = ext4
/mnt/Videos = jfs
/mnt/Music = xfs
/mnt/Pictures = ext4

ZankerH
November 7th, 2009, 11:05 PM
It depends on which OS you want to access the partition. If it's Linux only i'd go with ext3.

I'll be accessing it locally with GNU/Linux and FreeBSD, anything else will only see it through sshfs.

cariboo
November 8th, 2009, 12:03 AM
All linux based systems but my server use ext4, the / partition on the server is ext4 all the others including an external are xfs. I've also got a dual boot laptop ntfs/ext4 and two windows systems ntfs

Dark Aspect
November 8th, 2009, 12:23 AM
ext3 since I am worried about my huge collection of flac audio on ext4 that would take me 4 years to rip again from all of the cds. Some of my audio cds I no longer have the original to.

blueshiftoverwatch
November 8th, 2009, 02:57 AM
I'm using ext4 because although I would hate to have to loose information I keep all of my important data backed up on an external hard drive. So I might as wells suck it up and live dangerously.

schauerlich
November 8th, 2009, 03:03 AM
HFS+


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Regenweald
November 8th, 2009, 03:19 AM
Ext4 now, all partitions and when BTrFS is available on install, then that.

RiceMonster
November 8th, 2009, 03:36 AM
Ext4 on my laptop and desktop. External HD is NTFS so I can use it with windows no problem.

kyuubi777
November 8th, 2009, 03:48 AM
Ext4 on my laptop for all three of my distros on it.

fela
November 8th, 2009, 03:50 AM
ext4 on my desktop; ext3 on my server.

C!oud
November 8th, 2009, 03:53 AM
FreeBSD ZFS
Arch JFS
External HD NTFS

tom66
November 8th, 2009, 03:57 AM
See screenshot.

"Unknown" appears to be corrupted swap partition. I'm unsure. But Ubuntu has so far no need for a swap as it's got 3 gigabytes of RAM.

/windows has Windows Vista SP1 on it, which is rarely used.

I also have about 3 versions of Ubuntu on here and a version of Arch somewhere.

All my USB/external drives use NTFS, for interoperability with many Windows systems which don't have ext2/3/4 filesystem drivers.

schauerlich
November 8th, 2009, 04:05 AM
See screenshot.

Holy partitions, batman!

DoktorSeven
November 8th, 2009, 05:09 AM
ext3. Not changing to ext4 for a loooooooooonnnng time. Filesystems have to be completely rock solid for me, and even though ext4 has gotten past its growing pains, I still don't 100% trust it... yet.

Dark Aspect
November 8th, 2009, 04:48 PM
ext3. Not changing to ext4 for a loooooooooonnnng time. Filesystems have to be completely rock solid for me, and even though ext4 has gotten past its growing pains, I still don't 100% trust it... yet.

+1

I can't justify trusting my data with something like ext4 the same way I don't trust Microsoft for every day computer activities. Also, eating files above 500 MBs sounds like a growing pain to me; reminds me of alpha/beta software.

FuturePilot
November 8th, 2009, 05:07 PM
See screenshots

gnomeuser
November 8th, 2009, 05:31 PM
/ on btrfs

(with a separate /boot on ext4 due to a current lack of btrfs support in bootloaders though as always patches are available).

It is treating me well

infestor
November 8th, 2009, 05:56 PM
ext4 & ntfs (from old times, too lazy to format)
i guess rather than ext3 or ext4 for an average PC user is unnecessary.

praveesh
November 8th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Iam using xfs . When I installed Ubuntu in a xfs partition , it became much faster than in ext3 . I tried using ext4 but didn't feel much performance improvement in Ubuntu (ie responsiveness and program loading speed). So I switched to xfs

bobtestact
November 8th, 2009, 11:47 PM
In the release notes, there was a concern about corruption in ext4 when writing to large files (over 512MB). See:

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes/910#Possible%20corruption%20of%20large%20files%20w ith%20ext4%20filesystem

From what I can tell, the investigation seems to be stuck on trying to reproduce the problem, and I have not seen a confirmed report of this problem on the forums.

The fact that ext4 is the default in 9.10 on new partitions means that ext4 has probably been given quite an extensive workout during the past week. If it's really true that no new reports are surfacing of the 512MB+ corruption bug, do you think it's safe to stop worrying about this issue when deciding between ext3 and ext4?

blueshiftoverwatch
November 9th, 2009, 12:04 AM
How much faster is ext4 than ext3?