[Techtalk] USB thumb drives -- VFAT vs Ext3 format

Wim De Smet kromagg at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 13:51:38 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 7:07 AM, Sarah Newman <newmans at sonic.net> wrote:
> Mani A wrote:
>> Yes they are far less corruptible, stable and supported. But ext3 will
>> be useful only for bigger drives (>=8GB). Use ext2 instead.
>> I use it for storing larger files too.
> Why do you say ext3 is useful only for smaller drives?  ext3 seems to
> work fine on smaller drives and having journalling, meaning less file
> system corruption when mounted uncleanly, is quite convenient.

I can't speak for the original poster but the journal in ext3 can take
up quite a bit of space, meaning for smaller drives you lose a lot of
space you probably wanted to use.


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