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Old 01-27-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Creating personal data only partition on ubuntu.


I want to create a data-only partition (like project source files, multimedia files, etc.) on Ubuntu 12.10.

I am creating a new partition via gparted, but is there a particular file system I must use or the default (ext2) fine?

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Old 01-27-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Very rarely must you do anything a particular way.
I'd suggest ext4.
 
Old 01-27-2013, 07:04 PM   #3
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I'm guessing ext4 is the best choice?
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:30 PM   #4
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ext2 is quite old, ext3 was the standard for a very long time, but in the last couple of years ext4 has surpassed ext3 as the default in most distributions. There's no reason you shouldn't go with ext4 IMO, all of the major bugs have been worked out and it's quite stable and reliable.

This should give you some more insight into the advantages of ext4 over its predecessors:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext4

One of the big advantages is in timestamping. ext3 only provides second granularity in timestamping, ext4 provides nanosecond. While this might not concern you too much, one of the bigger issues is the year 2038 problem with ext3, which is becoming more and more important as that date gets closer. Yes it's still 15 years off, but we are easily at the point now where a computer constructed today could still be operational when this rollover takes place. It's very important to start planning and preparing for it IMO, which means ext3, and many other filesystems, are out of the running for any machines set up from now on.

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Old 01-27-2013, 09:32 PM   #5
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Thank you for the tips
 
  


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