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dsotm 09-07-2012 10:59 PM

Best file system for storing videos
What would you guys recommend for storing videos 1-2 GB (mostly just TV shows, x264)

From what I've read I'm leaning towards XFS, but open to suggestions! Thanks!

andrew.46 09-07-2012 11:12 PM

In a pedantic note that I am almost ashamed to put in here: your video stream is probably actually h.264 which has been encoded using x264....

Woodsman 09-07-2012 11:13 PM

On my HTPC for the past three years I am using a separate XFS partition for the videos. Handles large files nicely. Normal ext3 for the other partitions.

damgar 09-08-2012 12:27 AM

I recently moved my media from an ext3 partition to an xfs partition on a different machine. They both have identical specs with 6GB RAM and 8 threaded i7 CPUs, but the xfs machine is running 64 -currnet and the other 32 -current. The total data was roughly 180GB on each partition and when I md5'd them both to verify the copy the xfs partition finished in 29 minutes vs 46 for the ext3. This is purely anecdotal and there are enough differences between the two setups that I wouldn't attribute it all to the filesystem, but this is in line with what I've read about xfs.

Ilgar 09-08-2012 05:18 AM

I don't think that you would see much difference. Normal usage of a desktop user does not push the limits in any way. I used to have an XFS partition for movies on my external HDD but now I switched to NTFS so that I can use it easily on Windows computers, too. I haven't noticed any difference in performance, but then, as I said, in normal use I don't do anything that would show the difference (if any).

metageek 09-08-2012 06:55 AM

I use JFS for a similar purpose. I have a MythTV setup with 1Tb drive. The thing that made me chose JFS over XFS is that deleting large files is massively faster with JFS. I was finding deletes to be a problem when I had an older architecture.

In MythTV when you watch a lot of live TV, the cache fills up and then there are frequent deletes of large files (previous things you watched); anytime it would need to delete a file it would hang for a 1 or 2 seconds, rather annoying. With JFS I have no idea when files are being deleted.

Now with an i5 quad core it probably makes no difference if it is JFS or XFS. XFS has actually had some recent improvements, but I am not going to fix what is not broken.

H_TeXMeX_H 09-10-2012 05:21 AM

I also recommend JFS or XFS.

dsotm 09-10-2012 08:45 AM

Thanks guys... Think I'm gonna go with XFS

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