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Currently I am in the process of migrating from NTFS to a proper FS and can't decide which one to use. I have spent hours reading about EXT4, XFS, ZFS and btrfs and have a headache.

 

Could you guys please help me decide which FS is better for large media files?

 

Thanks guys.

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ZFS performs confidently and is easy to use. It is recommended for FreeNAS, so if you're building a storage solution on that platform, then might as well go for it.
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Don't quote me, but from what I've seen ZFS is great for file server types, but EXT4 is just fine as well if you wanna play it conservative. Again, just what I've heard / seen so consume with the appropriate amount of salt.
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I should have stated that I do not use FreeNAS, I use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Mint 18.1 to be precise). My media server holds films, music and some backup files.

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post #5 of 11
running ubuntu ZFS is great.

sudo apt install zfs

all you need to install ZFS, then it is just

sudo zpool create POOLNAME REDUNDANCY BLOCK DEVICES

for example on my system I used this

sudo zpool create data raidz2 sda sdb sdd sde sdf sdg sdh

followed by..

sudo zpool export

and

sudo zpool import -d /dev/disk/by-id/

This mounts the filesystem on /data with double parity.
post #6 of 11
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ZFS is not advised with SnapRAID so I won't use it.

 

Edit: forgot to say that I will use SnapRAID as I do not like any hard or software form of RAID.


Edited by Liranan - 4/24/17 at 7:59am
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I've been told that EXT3 in fact is very stable and competent file system for fileserver storage and NAS.
Haven't tried that though, i run EXT4 and it works like charm.
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I won't claim to be an expert in filesystems, hardly undestand the differences and could care less tbh. For myself and everything I've learned so far with my htpc / server im going for snapraid with xfs. As I understand it xfs is better for large files, in the case of media storage most of those files will be of significant size. Video at least.
 
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I have decided to use a mix of XFS and EXT4 anyway until I have decided which is better, which is probably never as there are pros and cons to both.

 

Thanks a lot for the advice.

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Originally Posted by Liranan View Post

I have decided to use a mix of XFS and EXT4 anyway until I have decided which is better, which is probably never as there are pros and cons to both.

Thanks a lot for the advice.

Without benchmarking them, I doubt you'll be able to tell them apart.
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