Finding a suitable filesystem

Michael Whapples mwhapples at
Mon Jan 7 10:54:36 EST 2008

>From a lot of googling about I was coming to the ext2 conclusion.

Out of interest why would a journaling FS wear out the drive quicker? I
haven't seen comment of this in my searches.

Michael Whapples
On Sun, 2008-01-06 at 17:04 -0700, Gregory Nowak wrote:
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> I think that ext2 would be your best bet. The projects I'm about to
> mention, can work with ext2, but aren't able to work with the journal
> part of ext3. Also, you don't want a journaling file system on a flash
> drive, since that would make the drive wear out faster.
> This is free, as in free source, but I haven't used it, due to the
> fact that it was still unstable beta software back when I was needing
> to access ext2 partitions under the other popular os. Things may have
> changed there since.
> This is what I personally use, and I've found it to be very stable and
> reliable. It's freeware, but isn't free source, which doesn't bother
> me, though I realize it might bother some. It runs under nt4, 2000, as
> well as x86 versions of xp, and 2003. I don't know about vista.
> I also remember there was a set of tools which could read ext2
> partitions, and do very limited write operations. These ran under dos,
> win95, 98, and me. I however don't have the url for that bookmarked,
> and am unable to find it. If it's something you're interested in, then
> maybe someone else will post the url for that. Hth.
> Greg
> On Sun, Jan 06, 2008 at 05:46:15PM +0000, Michael Whapples wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I am wondering what filesystem is best for a USB memory stick. The
> > problem is that fat/fat32 is very poor on the permissions, but most
> > systems can read/write it, whereas ntfs is poorly supported under Linux
> > (and I am not certain about how good the permission support is) and
> > things like ext3, reiserfs and other unix FSs aren't supported on
> > windows. So is there mount options for fat/fat32 which improves the case
> > somewhat under Linux, or might ntfs be a good compromise as most of the
> > Linux systems I will be using it on will be mine so I can install
> > ntfs-3g or other drivers (and windows 9x seems to have disappeared
> > sufficiently that I won't have too many of those), or is there a windows
> > driver for one of the unix filesystems (and if I want to be able to use
> > it on more than just my machine I suppose I could make a small fat32
> > partition where I could have the driver available should a windows
> > machine not have it).
> > 
> > Thanks for any pointers to information or advice people can give.
> > 
> > From
> > Michael Whapples
> > 
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