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Old 12-31-2010, 08:49 AM   #1
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Question Is ext4 faster than ext3 on 2008 hardware?

The ext4 features are well listed in the Ext4 Howto.

Most of these features seem to be aimed at newer systems, having petabytes disk drives and handling huge files -- neither of which applies to my system.

Can a modest 3 year old system, having only two 500GB HDDs, used mostly for Android development using Eclipse (64-bit), benefit from choosing ext4 over ext3?
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Yes, fscking in ext4 is 6-8 times faster than ext3, regardless of hardware.
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ext4 is now the default filesystem for Ubuntu (and most other distros), so unless you have a pressing need for a different filesystem, I suggest trusting the Ubuntu developers and choosing the default.

Anecdotally, I notice an improvement on my crappy netbook and even on my ancient pentium 3 laptop.

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Thank you. You have just convinced me to install GRUB2 on a dual-boot 8.04+10.4 system, instead of re-installing 10.04 on ext3.
Old 12-31-2010, 10:56 AM   #5
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If you're dual booting and want to access your ubuntu partition from Windows, you probably need to use ext3. Just a thought! I'm not sure 8.04 can read ext4 either.

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