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Linux EXT4 Filesystem showing impressive speeds

Oct 27, 2010, 17:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by apexwm)

"More and more articles have been appearing on the EXT4 filesystem. In fact, the article that really caught my eye was one recently regarding the speed of using EXT4 on flash media. The benchmarks posted speeds of EXT4, showing it excelling over filesystems like FAT32 and NTFS by considerable amounts. As this article above states, many flash drives come with Microsoft's FAT32 which is nice because of compatibility. Most operating systems can read/write FAT32. But, Microsoft has recently started to bring up patent threats against the use of FAT32, which is one reason I have started to steer away from it. Also, it has a 2 GB limit on file sizes. Even though FAT32 is more compatible, I can see the benefits of using EXT4, especially on small and slower devices like flash media. Plus, as flash drives have become larger, the 2 GB limit of FAT32 will start to be more of a show stopper, especially when working with large video files, etc."

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