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About a year ago I changed from running Windows as dual boot to very rarely running Windows as a VM. As a result most of my partitions are in ntfs ( so I had access on both sides of the boot ). I have decided to reformat all these partitions to ...

Looking for the best first class filesystem format,

I am using a desktop with 1T-2T storage.

So how do I determine which one best serves my needs?

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Do you mean 1T-2T of storage, I hope? – ATC Oct 12 '10 at 5:00
    
@ATC My mistake. – HandyGandy Oct 12 '10 at 8:39
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<twitch/> "T" is not a unit of information. It should be "TB" or "TiB". – Wim Coenen Oct 12 '10 at 10:57
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I remember the old days when the B/b letter wasn't used, i.e. we'd say 64K RAM instead of 64KiB RAM. – LawrenceC Mar 26 '11 at 19:51

Best file system is subjective. Since you haven't specified your needs I'd suggest to use EXT4. It has got better speed and support files with sizes up to 16TB.

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Have a look at this link too : (unix.stackexchange.com/questions/165/…) – rajaganesh87 Mar 19 '11 at 12:20
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Clearly it's not subjective. It's dependent on the application obviously, but it's not like a colour or something. For example, for me, data integrity is important, so I put all my disks in a ZPS pool. Ext4 wouldn't be good enough. Admittedly, on linux your choices are somewhat reduced. – Nicholas Wilson Nov 15 '12 at 15:03

Look what other filesystem(s) you are using ATM.

Try to keep it simple - most probably you are running ext3/4, just stick with it.

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I was planning to ask as similar question, but got directed here. My problem is corrupting partitions and drives, and Iall I have been using is ext4 and swap. Only gparted with gpart shows the correct partition layout, size, and contents, but it does not restore that structure. I don;t know what the best recovery tool would be.

Despite endless reinstalls, the problem gets to be more frequent, and I currently have all partitions saved one corrupted on 3 different PCs. Thats four 1TB drives and even more partitions, as well as different releases of Ubuntu. The only real other common elements are the Metacity interface and using ext4. Since it's drive corruption, ext4 is the more likely cause of the two. So I want off ext4 and see if that makes a difference. What would be my next best choice for maintaining data integrity?

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