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What file system choices do I have for fedora 14, what is suggested and can parted magic provide that system?
I am loading fedora on the second hard drive of my laptop with windows 7 and XP pro on the other hard drive and I will also be repartitioning and reformating the first hard drive because windows 7 is 64 bit and the xp is 32.
ext4 — The ext4 file system is based on the ext3 file system and features a number of improvements. These include support for larger file systems and larger files, faster and more efficient allocation of disk space, no limit on the number of subdirectories within a directory, faster file system checking, and more robust journalling. The ext4 file system is selected by default and is highly recommended.
ext3 — The ext3 file system is based on the ext2 file system and has one main advantage — journaling. Using a journaling file system reduces time spent recovering a file system after a crash as there is no need to fsck  the file system.
ext2 — An ext2 file system supports standard Unix file types (regular files, directories, symbolic links, etc). It provides the ability to assign long file names, up to 255 characters.
xfs — XFS is a highly scalable, high-performance file system that supports filesystems up to 16 exabytes (approximately 16 million terabytes), files up to 8 exabytes (approximately 8 million terabytes) and directory structures containing tens of millions of entries. XFS supports metadata journaling, which facilitates quicker crash recovery. The XFS file system can also be defragmented and resized while mounted and active.
vfat — The VFAT file system is a Linux file system that is compatible with Microsoft Windows long filenames on the FAT file system.
Btrfs — Btrfs is under development as a file system capable of addressing and managing more files, larger files, and larger volumes than the ext2, ext3, and ext4 file systems. Btrfs is designed to make the file system tolerant of errors, and to facilitate the detection and repair of errors when they occur. It uses checksums to ensure the validity of data and metadata, and maintains snapshots of the file system that can be used for backup or repair.
I am actually installing fedora 14 tonight as well...I'm excited!
Next question, do I have to go through windows 7 is on the first c: drive or can I just boot to the second d: hard drive on my laptop?
I tried to load windows xp pro booting through the cd/dvd and the system would not take it, meaning the system stalled and said there was a problem. I am wondering if I will have the same problem loading fedora 14? Or do I have to go through windows 7 so that it can do its thing?
Also, gparted does format correct?
thanks in advance,
P.S. not that I don't appreciate the advice but what is your background, for that matter does anyone know what anyone's background is on these forums?
i7 cpu, quad core, dual hard drives, window 7 64bit on the first hard drive. Nothing on the second hard drive. I want to put fedora 64 bit on the second hard drive of my laptop and windows xp 32 on the second hard drive with the fedora.
Both hard drives are formatted in NTFS
1. Do I have to go through windows 7 when it is running or can I boot with the fedora dvd from the dvd player? I don' t know what microsoft and dell do with the new technology and license requirements etc.
2. I do believe I have to install windows xp first on the 2nd hd before fedoara?
3. Do I need to reformat the second hd with a third party gparted or does both fedora and windows xp format and repartition as needed? I did try to boot/load windows xp through the dvd but it stalled and the system said there is a problem at which point I had to restart windows 7.