If you’ve been paying attention to the Linux EXT4 filesystem, you probably have seen one of the many reports addressing its improved function. One report specifically highlighted the improve speed for the filesystem on flash media. If you aren’t sure why this is important, you need to consider the current situation with flash media.
Microsoft uses FAT32 for its flash media. It offers the typical compatibility users expect to find with any type of Microsoft product. Almost every operating system can understand—read/write—FAT32. While the compatibility and the 2 GB storage limit are nice, Microsoft has begun to pursue patent issues with developers using FAT32, leading many to avoid it all together.
Another option is NTFS; however, this runs into some trouble. For starters, NTFS doesn’t offer the compatibility of FAT32. Many devices don’t support it, which means it is hit and miss to use. Some believe this is intentional as Microsoft is keeping it locked up.
With these issues, it’s no wonder people want another option, and the Linux EXT4 filesystem may be just the thing. In its benchmark tests, the EXT4 showed faster speeds over both FAT32 and NTFS filesystems. This increase speed may make it the perfect option for smaller devices, and especially for flash media.
Those considering using the EXT4 filesystem may want to know that overall this product has stood the test of time. Many consider it a stable alternative to FAT32 and NTFS. The best operating system to use with the filesystem is Linux, which is obviously the most compatible, but the EXT4 will work with other operating systems, too.
Other benefits to using the EXT4 include reducing the amount of garbage in the system, including defragmented files and other junk. This also helps boost the speed. In comparison, the NTFS holds a reputation of file corruption. With all the added advantages, you may want to consider switching your filesystem.