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Old 07-24-2006, 08:11 PM   #1
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What filesystem to use for a 120GB portable harddrive?


I need to backup & transfer data between Linux and Windows using the big harddrive. It's said that FAT32 can only support up to 32GB capacity, and NTFS is not an option of course. Ext2/3???
 
Old 07-24-2006, 08:38 PM   #2
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I need to backup & transfer data between Linux and Windows using the big harddrive. It's said that FAT32 can only support up to 32GB capacity, and NTFS is not an option of course. Ext2/3???
Well as far as Fat32 goes you could partition it 4 ways, but the way I understand it, Fat32 only increases cluster size as the harddrive goes up. Microsoft actually did a gaming benchmark on a Fat32 120GB HD vs NTFS 120GB HD.

As far as ext2/3 goes, you would have to have a 3rd party driver such as this to access it from Windows, as the kernel does not support ext2/3 natively

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Old 07-24-2006, 08:44 PM   #3
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It's only said that FAT32 can only support up to 32gigs by Windows XP's disk utility. In fact, FAT32 can handle partitions up to 2 terabytes (bigger than the largest drives currently available).

Use FAT32, unless you absolutely need files bigger than 4gigs (like DVD .iso images).
 
  


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