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Old 12-22-2010, 10:25 PM   #1
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Buffalo 1 TB usb drive: single or mult partitions?

Hi all, just got myself an external usb drive and I'm wondering if its more efficient to have a single partiton or multiple partition on it. Will only be storing music and backups here, also what filesystem would you recommend? Thanks
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Well, if you are not going to have it connected to one machine permanently I would go with only one partition for easiness. If its connected permanently you could have one partition for backups and the other for music and have different mountpoints. Filesystem also depends on machines it will be used with. For Linux only I would go with ext4. Linux/Windows would probably be NTFS.

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Old 12-22-2010, 10:52 PM   #3
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I read somewhere that having a lot of small partitions is useful to speed .

But also having more partitions means more hassle .. you would have to set up a lvm to put those partitions seem like one .. and you will be spreading the data all over those partitions .. lol i don;t know how efficient is that but anyways's there now .

also if you're going to use it for windows and linux NTFS is good as jhw said.

if not ext4 is good .

and also you might want to see a few filessystem benchmarks ... so that you get the one that suits you best ..
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Originally Posted by silvyus_06 View Post
I read somewhere that having a lot of small partitions is useful to speed .
That's true for FAT format partitions as the way they do directory structures and free-space calculation doesn't scale all that well. More modern filesystems don't have this problem though.

The main advantage of multiple partitions is that if one is unlucky enough to encounter filesytem structure corruption, it doesn't take the other one with it. They're also faster to fsck in the event of that being necessary.

From what little Dave has said in his initial post, I'd be inclined to have one partition for the music and one for the backups.

Filesystem type depends on where the disk is going to be used. Personally, I'd stick with either ext4 or ntfs (if you intend to use it on Windows). I'm not sure the more exotic filesystems are worth the effort. I used to use JFS myself, but sadly that one seems to be falling by the wayside and some distros don't even include support for it any more.
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Personally I got a 2TB Western Digital and it's been working great as a single ext4 partition, so my vote goes to ext4 too.
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I personally divided mine to 5. Personal preferences I suppose.
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Ok, thanks for the replies. I've decided to go with two partitions, each mounted to the root file system with ext4. I wont be accessing them a lot, maybe once every 2 or 3 months when I run out of space so speed/efficiency isn't really a big deal. Cheers.


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