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    Default NTFS vs ext3 ext4

    I am preparing to kick my XP install in to touch, so today I had some great fun pruning it with a large machete, deleting and uninstalling loads of old bloat. I started with 172Gb , now it is about 120Gb

    Of the 120Gb, about 60Gb is music, radio, TV, Films and images, which I want to keep... As I said in an earlier thread this is on a 300Gb drive which I want to become my main drive, either by cloning my current openSuse 11.1, or making a fresh install of 11.2. What I intend now to do is put all of this "media" on to it's own partition. Is there any real disadvantage to keeping this as a NTFS, or any advantage to making it ext4? I will probably be accessing it from openSuse, but as far as I can see, openSuse copes perfectly well with read/writing to NTFS partitions, if I keep it NTFS, I can if needed access it from windows as well.....?
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    Default Re: NTFS vs ext3 ext4

    My only thought is, if you keep it ntfs and don't have winders installed - will it need defraging and if so how?
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    Default Re: NTFS vs ext3 ext4

    The only reason you'd want to keep it as NTFS is if you intend at some point to use it on a Windows machine. If not, then go with Ext4

    And yes, NTFS will need defragging, no matter if you write to it from Linux or Windows. There are no defrag tools for NTFS on Linux, AFAIK

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    Hmmm, I don't think defrag will be a major issue, as this will be largely static storage, mebbe stuff will get deleted over time leaving fraggy holes in the fs, but as I say, I do not expect major traffic to or from the drive. There is of course a chance that Win 7 (now with snappy windows!! yaheyy! nobody thought of that before did they?) might turn out to be a good OS and I might want this stuff stored NTFS. Also it would be easier for the moment to create the new partition from MSXP and move the files to it also from within XP...
    (or not really, thinking about it..)

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    Default Re: NTFS vs ext3 ext4

    Then stick to NTFS

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakou View Post
    There is of course a chance that Win 7 (now with snappy windows!! yaheyy! nobody thought of that before did they?) might turn out to be a good OS and I might want this stuff stored NTFS. Also it would be easier for the moment to create the new partition from MSXP and move the files to it also from within XP...
    If you never plan to put Windoze on this PC, then I would recommend changing it away from NTFS. The risk (IMHO) of keeping NTFS is the NTFS partition could become "dirty" and the only way to deal with that is to boot to Windoze. But since you don't have Windoze you can't do that, and hence NTFS will stay dirty, and eventually you may not be able to access it.

    However if you make the file system EXT3 or EXT4, and install Windoze on this PC, you will not be able to access the EXT3 or EXT4 from Windoze (at least not without hunting down, and possibly paying for and installing some custom software to give Windoze the access capability - and I have no idea about such software).

    IMHO to make a good choice, you need to sort your future plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post

    However if you make the file system EXT3 or EXT4, and install Windoze on this PC, you will not be able to access the EXT3 or EXT4 from Windoze (at least not without hunting down, and possibly paying for and installing some custom software to give Windoze the access capability - and I have no idea about such software).
    I'm not trying to promote any particular software here, but just to point out that there are a few free (as in beers) software will allow you to read ext2/ext3 partition on windows.

    Paragon ExtBrowser - Free Download

    Ext2 IFS For Windows

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    TY Michael, I am aware of these, the one I used was to say the least a bit clunky, but it did work, Paragon make some very good SW's, I love their partitioning sw, also free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michael_cheah View Post
    I'm not trying to promote any particular software here, but just to point out that there are a few free (as in beers) software will allow you to read ext2/ext3 partition on windows.

    Paragon ExtBrowser - Free Download

    Ext2 IFS For Windows
    That wasn't really the point. The point is that if he takes this disk to a friend and it's in Ext4, if his friend uses Windows (most likely), he'll first has to hunt down additional software before his friend can read the disk, which isn't really very convenient, unless he always carries with him the software and each time installs it on friend's PCs which still is an ugly solution .... To my knowledge, if the uses "real" Ext4 (ie, not Ext4 in Ext3 compatibility mode without extents), there's currently no Windows software that will be able to read it. The Ext3 drivers provided by above software will not be able to manage a "true" Ext4 FS with extents turned on. There are also drivers for XFS on Windows but it's the same thing with Ext2/3/4, you need to install additional software (the drivers)

    There could be such software that allows Win to read "true" Ext4, but I'm not aware of it as I don't care or deal with Windows

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    Quote Originally Posted by microchip8 View Post
    That wasn't really the point. The point is that if he takes this disk to a friend and it's in Ext4, if his friend uses Windows (most likely), he'll first has to hunt down additional software before his friend can read the disk, which isn't really very convenient, unless he always carries with him the software and each time installs it on friend's PCs which still is an ugly solution .... To my knowledge, if the uses "real" Ext4 (ie, not Ext4 in Ext3 compatibility mode without extents), there's currently no Windows software that will be able to read it. The Ext3 drivers provided by above software will not be able to manage a "true" Ext4 FS with extents turned on. There are also drivers for XFS on Windows but it's the same thing with Ext2/3/4, you need to install additional software (the drivers)

    There could be such software that allows Win to read "true" Ext4, but I'm not aware of it as I don't care or deal with Windows
    Yes, what you said is true. But I think the point is for openSUSE install on internal HDD one should always format the partition as ext3/ext4. If there is a need of transferring the file to another PC which only has Windows on it, I always copies the file into my external HDD which is NTFS. FAT32 will works as well.

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