What type of file system should I use?

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Question

Windows NT/2000 supports several different file systems each with many different varients. Example file systems include FAT, HPFS and NTFS. The default is FAT.

Linux supports a large number of file systems. For example EXT, FAT, EXT2, etc. The default is EXT2.

Answer

We recommend NTFS on Windows NT/2000/XP systems because this makes best use of disk space. On a busy system, NTFS fragments the disk, so we recommend using software to defragment the disk on a regular basis. For more information see Article Q0156.

On Linux, we recommend using the standard file system – EXT2.

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