Best File System for Multimedia Files Storage

Brian McKee brian.mckee at
Wed Jan 28 14:33:18 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 4:20 AM, Amichai Rotman <amichai at> wrote:

> I intend this drive for all my multimedia content (music, and video files).
> I do not intend to do any real time ripping (like recording from a capture
> device). This drive will serve as an archive that will be organized and
> accessed on a daily basis.
> What I would like to know is: which is the best file system (and the tools /
> syntax) to use to format this drive.

I don't think you will see enough gains to bother changing the file
system.  If you enjoying twiddling then feel free, but don't expect
big changes.  XFS does delete large files noticeably faster.  The new
ext4 might have some advantages.  But, to me, the most important thing
is reliability and ease of use - and ext3 wins for that.

Also note if it's mainly a multimedia archive - any file system can
keep up when all that's needed is playback.


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