Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am looking at turning a PC with a 1TB hard drive into a file server. What is the "best practice"/recommended filesystem for such a server?

I was initially thinking of creating a seperate partition for just the files I'm serving, but not sure if that makes sense. I'm trying to figure out if that would even provide lift?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 0 down vote accepted

Which OS are you using?

If it's Windows, just place all your documents in a sub-directory because it's nearly impossible to determine the long-term space requirements due to updates that seem to increase in size over time.

If it's Unix/Linux, then start with whatever the flavour/distribution recommends in the documentation as a starting point, increase as you feel is necessary (I like to have lots of extra slack available just in case I need it, so I tend to double or triple this minimum requirement), then just assign the rest to /usr/ and fill it up as needed.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.