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19 Feb 2008, 10:33 pm

Hi,

I'm building a linux machine that will be on my network. It's going to share a largish hardrive with my windows machines over samba. What filesystem should I format this drive in?



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20 Feb 2008, 3:03 am

I usually use XFS on my desktop for it's fast load-times and low processor usage, which both are needed for an optimal server, but I never used it in a server environment. Don't use ext3/ext4, they use too much processing power for the good of a server. One problem of XFS is that it isn't as stable as the other FS's. I think JFS may be a good compromise between stability and efficiency; . It all depends on who you ask. The ext's may be the standard, but it's definitely not the best.

Also, a more specific question that may change everything:

Will it write more data or will it store and read more data than it will write??



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20 Feb 2008, 9:14 am

Probably read more data. I'm basically going to put music and movies on it.

This disk is also going to be separate from the main OS disk. So I can use ext3 on the boot disk and whatever on the storage disk.



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21 Feb 2008, 1:52 am

I've narrowed it down to XFS or JFS. BTW, the volume size is going to be 2.5 - 3 terabytes.



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21 Feb 2008, 2:25 am

I'd recommend ReiserFS if you use a rather flat directory structure or otherwise JFS. The ext2/3s have the advantage that they can be accessed with all kinds of Live-CDs in case the main system isn't available (misconfiguration, filesystem error, the latest newly compiled kernel...)


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22 Feb 2008, 11:53 pm

I have it up with ext3 right now, just testing. It's a 2.7 TB volume :)

The only bad thing is that the copies between my windows machine and it are 10 megabytes per second, even though I have a gigabit NIC on both cards and a gigabit router.