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

Mani A a.mani.cms at gmail.com
Thu Jul 10 22:44:03 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 10:37 AM, Sarah Newman <newmans at sonic.net> wrote:
>> 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.

The journal wastes some space and slows the drive too. So it is a
better idea to use it on slightly larger drives. Further FS with
journals on certain types of flash drives is not recommended (as they
will tend to wear out the drive faster).

For SSDs, I would prefer JFS or reiserfs.


A. Mani

A. Mani
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