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Finally got my SATA card through the post today with 3x 2TB F4 Samsung drives. I plan on running all of them independently (no RAID) on this card and was wondering what file system I should use? I was thinking ext2/3. Should I choose one of these or something else? I plan on using them for backing up my movie collection and some CDs (a lot of them). Please can someone post the reasons for choosing one over the other?
Edited by Am* - 5/10/11 at 1:15pm
    
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Why not NTFS? unless you use a Linux based OS as your main OS, there is no obvious reason to use ext2 or any other
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Why not NTFS? unless you use a Linux based OS as your main OS, there is no obvious reason to use ext2 or any other
It fragments/corrupts very quickly. I found that out with my 1TB WD Green drive I had.
    
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What OS are you using? If it's one of the new Linux distro's I'd go for Ext4 instead of 2 or 3.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext4
 
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It fragments/corrupts very quickly. I found that out with my 1TB WD Green drive I had.
Seriously? I've had 2x Hitachi 1TB's, 1 of which a week after the first launch and I haven't had any issues of that nature.
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What OS are you using? If it's one of the new Linux distro's I'd go for Ext4 instead of 2 or 3.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ext4
Using XP Pro SP3, Ubuntu and Puppy linux. I've heard ext4 to have problems? I know ext3 did when it was first released, that's why I'm not sure if I should stick with ext2 which worked before or go with something else.

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Seriously? I've had 2x Hitachi 1TB's, 1 of which a week after the first launch and I haven't had any issues of that nature.
Yep seriously. Countless times I've plugged it in and it would read it as an empty drive, until I re-plug it in a few times. Also it fragments, whereas ext2 didn't or at least not anywhere near as much.

EDIT: thanks ninjamod, I forget to multi-quote sometimes.
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Your data corruption could be contributed to WD's TLER problem with green drives,did you do the fix on the drive? If not give google a shot that may help.You say card(I assume sata card),have you been using one or will you be using one?
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Your data corruption could be contributed to WD's TLER problem with green drives,did you do the fix on the drive? If not give google a shot that may help.
It was an external drive, I very much doubt it has some sort of firmware update.

And yes, I will be using one for these 3x 2TB Samsung drives, not the 1TB Green drive. Anyway the 1TB WD Green drive is dead now so don't worry about that.
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as far as unix filesystems, I like xfs when dealing with large files (my media server raid1 is xfs)

good listing of the up/down sides http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xfs

edit: just did a bit more research and realized it can't be read on windows in any reasonable fashion, so it's probably not what you're looking for.
Edited by ZHoob2004 - 5/10/11 at 2:34pm
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ext4 is faster than ext3, great for massive file system far beyond what you're at. You won't have problems with it. Ext4 isn't 'new' anymore.

I too was leary at first but there is a noticeable performance margin you will appreciate for making the leap.
Edited by Chakravanti - 5/10/11 at 2:30pm
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