Should I Format a USB Drive in XFS?

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Should I Format a USB Drive in XFS?
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XFS is an official part of the kernel releases for Ubuntu, which means that updates in changes and capabilities will be automatically installed. It is specifically designed to be fast and efficient, especially with regard to its design, including optimised defragmentation, which balances the trade-off between speed and safety.

Reasons Not to Use XFS

If you are not using Linux, this filetype is not for you, and you may not wish to use it unless you are running Ubuntu. It is also not 32-bit to 64-bit portable, which means if you have two different systems, you are locked in to using your USB stick on only one.

Bottom Line

XFS is a highly specialised form of filesystem, and it does have distinct advantages. However, you are probably better off using ext 3 or ext 2, which are both better supported, more reliable and have much more flexibility when it comes to moving between different systems.

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