About file systems and formats
cswiger at mac.com
Thu Mar 29 21:09:42 UTC 2007
On Mar 29, 2007, at 1:25 PM, Andrew Falanga wrote:
> Both drives are similar in capability. They are both 7200 rpm
> drives, etc.
> So what is so much different about NTFS from FFS?
All sorts of things. :-)
> Are the file systems
> really that different that MS's system is simply dog slow, or is
> the format
> for FreeBSD skipping some "integrity" checks on the surface of the
> drive or
> whatever (this assumes that the MS install process is actually
> doing this).
The Windows format is probably doing a bad sector scan and testing
each and every sector during the format. The Unix newfs/mkfs doesn't
perform bad-sector checking, but you can invoke things like the
smartmon utilities to perform disk checking later on.
> Please understand, I intend only to find the answer to the question
> this. I'm looking for starting a "war" about who's file system
> rocks more
> than the other. The idea of an integrity check was just
> speculation between
> my colleague and I because there such a speed difference in formatting
> things (once windows is installed) when choosing between a "Quick
> Format" or
> a "Full Format".
A "quick format" is the Windows equivalent of what newfs does, yes.
> P.S. on a side note, but related to this, in what directories under
> system sources will I find the source code for the FFS used by
> FreeBSD, and
> how are those modules structured?
...versus other filesystems found here:
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