[Linux4christians] File System for USB Flash Drive
Michael A. Peters
mpeters at mac.com
Thu May 11 06:37:55 EDT 2006
On Thu, 2006-05-11 at 08:13 +0800, Alan Trick wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-05-10 at 18:57 -0400, Don Bedsole wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I have a 1 GB USB flash drive. It came with a FAT/FAT16 file system. If I
> > wanted to put a Linux file system on it, which one would be best? Would using
> > some file systems result in more wear and tear on the drive than others?
> > Thanks.
> ext2, but you might be better off leaving fat on there. Although fat is
> slow and missing many features, it's good for things like floppy disks
> and flash drives because it reduces the amount of writing that needs to
> be done to the disk (you don't have to update last-accessed dates and
> such) which while increase it's lifetime. And the extra features
> provided with a real file-system aren't really much use on a flash
My 512 MB flash drive does not work with fat32 or ext2 - it only works
with fat16. I'm not sure why, but it refuses to mount if any other
filesystem is on it.
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