[linux-audio-user] Partitioning for audio

Jean-Baptiste Mestelan mestelan at gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 05:41:44 EST 2006

If I may be so bold as to add a question :
what filesystem should the recording disk use ?
I hear that a journaled filesystem (ext3, xfs, reiserfs), while being
safer, would be slower than - say - ext2.
My recording hard drive (80 Go) is currently using FAT32 for
compatibility, but I wonder if this is a very good choice regarding
I/O performances ?


On 3/22/06, Jan Depner <eviltwin69 at cableone.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-03-22 at 01:03 -0600, Josh Lawrence wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I'm about to build a machine strictly for recording audio.  I've
> > looked around the web for suggestions on how to partition the disks,
> > and have found a lot of useful information.  At the risk of beating a
> > dead horse, I would like to get some suggestions from this list as to
> > how you partition your disks.
> >
>     I try to keep things as simple as possible.  Normally I partition
> the OS drive with 2GB swap, 100MB /boot, and the rest in the /
> partition.  Make one partition for the second drive.  Always record to
> the second drive.  You can move audio data from the second drive to the
> OS drive after recording.  You don't want to be recording to the OS
> drive.
> > A little background - recording will be simple, nothing major, and
> > mostly for my own enjoyment.  It is doubtful that any of it will see
> > the light of day.  Mastering will be minimal.  The machine will have
> > two hard disks, so I will need to spread out the work between the two.
> >  Finally, I'll be running Ubuntu.  Not sure what audio interface yet,
> > though.
> >
>     Ardour for recording, JAMin for mastering - of course I may be a bit
> biased ;-)
> --
> Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
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