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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
    
I remember the old days when the B/b letter wasn't used, i.e. we'd say 64K RAM instead of 64KiB RAM. –  ultrasawblade Mar 26 '11 at 19:51

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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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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
    
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

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