LinuxQuestions.org
Visit the LQ Articles and Editorials section
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Password
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 02-15-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
Aleksandersen
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2007
Location: Lillehammer, Norway
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 36

Rep: Reputation: 15
Question Making an external file system


Hi forum, ☺

I have a one terabyte external hard disk that is going to be mounted on my Debian system and used for storing multimedia, and a backup of my home folder. (As individual files.)

Please help me fill in the two red questionmarks below.

# mkfs.ext3 -m ? -O dir_index,has_journal,sparse_super -T ? -L "Terabyte storage" /dev/sdb1

First question mark: Do I need to reserve any or how many percentage of an one terabyte drive for the root user?
Second question mark: What file system type would my usage be grouped under? The various options did not make any sense to me.

Anything else I should specify for my usage?
 
Old 02-15-2008, 08:38 PM   #2
jay73
Guru
 
Registered: Nov 2006
Location: Belgium
Distribution: Ubuntu 11.04, Debian testing
Posts: 5,019

Rep: Reputation: 130Reputation: 130
By default, mkfs.ext3 reserves 5% for the super-user. That would make sense on a smaller partition that contains system files but it is far too much for a data partition, particularly when it is a large one. I would use -m 1 to reserve only 1%.

File system type is determined by the type of files you will be storing. The smaller ones are only recommended for a mail or news server. If you will be storing varying types of files, the best option would be to leave the T option out altogether.
 
  


Reply

Tags
ext3, harddrive, mkfs, partition, storage, terabyte


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
making a working copy of file system over ssh undeadmachine Linux - Newbie 4 10-25-2007 12:47 AM
Best File System for External Drive szim90 Linux - Software 1 10-10-2007 06:01 AM
File System for External used by multiple OS's Dillius Linux - General 5 12-15-2006 11:54 PM
making the help file for new operating system anil2003 Linux - Software 4 01-31-2006 01:35 PM
File System for external HD? grilledsalad Linux - Newbie 5 11-26-2004 09:09 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:15 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration