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Old 08-27-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
jgtg32a
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File System help


I'm in the process of building a media center PC.

I'm looking for help on fs tweaks to improve performance.

My system right now has a 300gb HD w/ XP64 and empty partitions for soon to be Gentoo. I'm also getting a 1TB HD in the mail today which will be used to store media files.

1. What FS would be best for my system.
I play computer games, and while Linux support is getting better every day its a few years behind still so XP isn't going anywhere. So what FS has the best under both XP and Linux. Right now I'm leaning towards NTFS, because of XP and Linux support can be added. In the past the only way to read / write to EXT3 was through another program and XP couldn't write directly to it. Unfortunately that is a requirement both XP and Linux support. If there is a way to get another FS to work let me know.

2. Block size
I know I won't have any files under 1mb, and I will have very few under 10mb. I'm assuming that I should max out the block size then?
 
Old 08-27-2008, 11:12 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by jgtg32a View Post
I'm looking for help on fs tweaks to improve performance.
...although oddly none of your actual questions are about this
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1. What FS would be best for my system.
....So what FS has the best under both XP and Linux.
I wouldn't do it this way; I'd install Linux on a Linux partiton and Windows on a Windows partition and have one or more shared partitions that both systems can access. And I'd be tempted to use FAT32 for the shared partition - the Linux reading and writing support is better established that that for NTFS, although there is a limit on partition size
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"This allows for drive sizes of up to 8 terabytes with 32KB clusters, but the boot sector uses a 32-bit field for the sector count, limiting volume size to 2 TB on a hard disk with 512 byte sectors" Wikipedia/FAT32
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table
 
Old 08-28-2008, 08:13 AM   #3
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I did consider Fat32 but the maximum file size is 4GB which is too small for my purposes. However the wiki article that you linked mentioned Fat-ex which I'll look into a bit more.
 
Old 08-28-2008, 08:37 AM   #4
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I wouldn't bother - you said XP and Linux.
I'd go with NTFS - the NTFS-3g is rock solid in Linux. I've never been confident in IFS for Linux filesystems under Windoze - had a (very) bad experience early on, and avoid them ever since.
YMMV.

Only issue with NTFS is you have to fix (CHKDSK) it from Windoze - not an issue in your case I suspect.
 
  


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