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Old 02-01-2006, 10:19 AM   #1
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Some information for creating ext3 filesystem

I want to use ext3 for a disk that I have which is mainly for storage of movies, mp3 and stuff..
So I have some questions:

1)What should I use with the -T option: 4K(news) or 1MB(largefile) ?
-> The disk capacity is 200GB.

2)What type of journal should I use ?
full journal, metadata-only etc.. ?

This hard disk is gonna be strictly for storage and not a fileserver or anything else..
I will use 2.6 kernel.

Last edited by small_boy22; 02-01-2006 at 10:22 AM.
Old 02-01-2006, 10:48 AM   #2
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Full journaling makes writes quite a bit slower (takes about twice as long as all data is written twice). I would avoid this.

I would also use the largefile setting, as the files are generally going to be quite large.
Old 02-01-2006, 11:13 AM   #3
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I'm guessing you want a fault tolerant filesystem for all that "Legitimate" music and movies you have acquired. The only way you can truly be fault tolerant is with RAID or backups. I do backups of my 70GBs of "legitimate" stuff.

Also, I personally use ReiserFS with NOTAIL mount options and a large blocksize for best speed. Ext3 is slow compared to a properly tuned reiserfs.
Another option for a filesystem would be XFS or JFS. I hear they are really good with large files, but XFS requires more CPU power than JFS.


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