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Old 01-24-2011, 12:02 AM   #1
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Choosing file system


ext2, ext3, or ext4? I first used ext4 with Slackware, but when I tried my Puppy live CD the only partition I could mount was the Windows one. I started over and used ext2 and Puppy will mount it. I'm willing to start over and use ext 3 if it will also work with Puppy and there is an advantage to using ext3 over ext2. Puppy saw the ext4 partitions, but wouldn't mount them.
 
Old 01-24-2011, 12:08 AM   #2
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ext2/ext3 can likely be mounted by any modern distro. I personally never used anything else. And I know there are utils for data recover for these. ext2/3 are stable. These are my reasons to continue using ext2/3.
 
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:54 AM   #3
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I believe ext2 can be upgraded to ext3, without needing to reformat or reinstall.

I'd suggest ext3. Journalling is arguably a must on modern large hard drives. I'm not sure what ext4 brings over ext3.
 
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:01 AM   #4
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Check this out for about ext4
 
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:05 AM   #5
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EXT3 is the way to go if you are looking for compatibility. Puppy will be able to read ext4, but you will first have to manually load the module that allows the kernel to recognize the filesystem. The thing is if things go wrong, you don't want to waste time struggling with that as well. But by all means, as the blokes recommended. Sticking with EXT3 is a good choice, I have seen very few distros that does not support it natively.

If you have no important data, reinstall with EXT3, if you want to play around with the linux system and see how things are done, you can read here http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux/ext2toext3.htm on how to convert the filesystems from ext2 to ext3.

Enjoy
 
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:05 AM   #6
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I believe if you are looking into converting ext2 --> ext3. You can use the tune2fs -j command.

just make sure you update your /etc/fstab to reflect that you changed from ext2 to ext3

su
root pw
vi /etc/fstab

should get you going...
 
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Puppy is a special distro. It may not have full support of drivers and filesystems.
 
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:41 PM   #8
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Thanks, That cleared things up for me. I will continue to use ext2 until I reinstall. I didn't fully understand some of the things during the install so I will be doing a reinstall soon, but want to play with it some more first. If I'm going to mess something up I'd rather do it before I reinstall the way I want it. From the info I got in the replies I have decided to go with ext3. I think it will give me good service and if for any reason something goes wrong at least I will be able to boot from my Puppy live CD to poke around and fix it.
 
  


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