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2answers
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Which file system is the fastest? [closed]

I'm looking to format my hard drive. I've heard about a file system called "ext3", it's supposedly a linux partition and I think is a lot faster than NTFS. But my question, is, is there anything ...
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2answers
283 views

Unable to mount 2nd 500 Gb USB hard drive

I have two Seagate 500 GB USB hard drives. I installed Debian 2.6.32-5-686 on one of them, and used dd to create a clone of the bootable drive. I have verified that I can boot and run from either ...
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0answers
569 views

Fsck says read block too short

Yesterday I left my Ubuntu laptop alone for a bit, and the power cable got knocked out, so the computer got shut down. Upon starting it up, it insisted on running fsck, which failed, asking me to run ...
2
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1answer
446 views

Is UDF an ok substitute for ext3?

I'm thinking of doing the UDF thing to share files between windows and linux. Is UDF a viable option for /home Is UDF a viable option for / Can windows XP correctly read sparse files I created in ...
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2answers
556 views

Files have disappeared on my ext3 external hard drive

Yesterday, my external hard drive was working fine. Now, only the boot partition is accessible whilst the main partition with all my files on it is coming up as a raw, empty drive. I had taken it to ...
1
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1answer
171 views

Questions about solid state drives?

How to tell if a hard drive is solid state drive? For example: For one laptop, its hard drive is 244GB Western Digital WDC WD2500BEVS-08VAT2 (SATA) For another, its hard drive is 98GB ...
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2answers
227 views

Should external drives be converted to ext3?

I switched over from Windows to Linux. I have an external drive that has basically just media files on it. Are there any advantages to converting this to ext3, or should I just leave it as ntfs3?
2
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1answer
473 views

Determine which sectors of a hard disk a given file occupies?

Is there a way I can see which sectors of the hard disk a given file occupies? The filesystem is ext3 or ext4 on Linux.
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4answers
3k views

How can a linux disk be full, but files total to significanly less?

df reports 16G partition at 100%. du on root reports about 1G in files. Where did all my disk space go?