<SOLVED> Best file system for an external hard drive

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<SOLVED> Best file system for an external hard drive

Post by wanderer7 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:42 am

Hello people,

I have a 500 GB external hard drive, which I want to use for backups. Since I'm not the only one in the family who's going to use it, I want to make sure that both Linux Mint and Windows (hopefully, one day there won't be any windows pc left in my house :lol:) can read and write data to the disk. Theoretically, I could make several partitions on the disk: one for linux and others for windows. However, I don't know if it is a good idea to have different file systems on the same disk. Probably, I will encrypt the hard drive as well.

So, what's the best file system for this situation?
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Re: Best file system for an external hard drive

Post by SiKing » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:47 am

I have the same situation as you.
Assuming the disk will be _only_ for backups, then partition it 50/50 NTFS/ext2.
HTH.

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Re: Best file system for an external hard drive

Post by wanderer7 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 11:55 am

Thank you, SiKing. :D

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Re: Best file system for an external hard drive

Post by wanderer7 » Mon Dec 23, 2013 2:56 pm

Hmm...I forgot to ask one more question. :? Will I be able to recover backed up files from another computer running linux? Sometimes, I have file permission problems, like :"you are not the owner of the file, you don't have permission to <and some action here>. Is this associated to certain file systems? (If not, then I'll ask this question in another topic :wink: )

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Re: <SOLVED> Best file system for an external hard drive

Post by wanderer7 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:24 am

All right, I marked this as solved. I followed the advice above and created 2 partitions on the external hard drive with 2 different file systems: 1 in NTFS and 1 in ext4. I chose ext4 instead of ext2, because ext2 is too old and without journaling. My last question about file permissions doesn't belong here, later I'll make another topic for it.

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Re: <SOLVED> Best file system for an external hard drive

Post by SiKing » Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:07 am

wanderer7 wrote:I chose ext4 instead of ext2, because ext2 is too old and without journaling.
For backups only, journaling is a waste of space.

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