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mint 18.3 and 8tb hdd file system

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:05 pm
by gonzo01
I have a new 8tb hdd that I intend to use for data storage - no OS.

I am running Mint 18.3 XFCE on another HDD.

using gparted I see that I cant use MSDOS for the boot partition - gparted defaults to BTRFS.

The rest of the HDD can be partitioned as Ext4 as normal ( or many other filesystems)

I see that RedHat is deprecating BTRFS and I am wondering whether this will be followed by other Distros.

What file system is recommended for use with an 8TB HDD that wont be no longer supported in the near future?

Re: mint 18.3 and 8tb hdd file system

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:34 pm
by WharfRat
Use Ext4 if You’re Not Sure :wink:

viewtopic.php?f=49&t=247116&p=1326735#p1326728

Re: mint 18.3 and 8tb hdd file system

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:38 pm
by syg00
I don't understand the reference to boot partition - if it's to be data only, make it a single filesystem. I don't see btrfs going away - that is RHEL dropping the offering, they don't own btrfs.

I would also tend towards ext4 for a general use filesystem.

Re: mint 18.3 and 8tb hdd file system

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:05 pm
by MintBean
Your partition table wants to be GPT format - this supports partitions > 2TB.
Your partitions should be EXT4 format unless you've got a good reason to use something else.

Re: mint 18.3 and 8tb hdd file system

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:26 am
by gonzo01
thanks guys

went with gpt for partition table and ext4 for disk.

Re: mint 18.3 and 8tb hdd file system

Posted: Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:28 pm
by mr_raider
I use btrfs always now. It gives more flexibility for future useage. You can do snapshots, add space and do subvolume. For a drive that size, subvolumes may be interesting:

For example create a subvolume called @myvideos and mount it under /home/myusername/videos

Then do the same for downloads, pictures and music.