I often use a virtual machine to do something, but virtual hard disks are large and the SSD on my laptop is small. So I bought a 1TB HDD mobile hard drive to store most of my data. By default it is formatted to NTFS, and NTFS also has the best compatibility for Windows.

Since NTFS is not designed for Linux, are there any disadvantages of using NTFS on Linux everyday? Especially when I use virtual disks and have a lot of r/w. If not, what is the best file system choice for it?

I just don't want to reduce its lifespan.

marked as duplicate by David Foerster, Takkat, Florian Diesch, Eric Carvalho, Glutanimate Mar 21 '15 at 15:58

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  • I don't think you can use NTFS on Linux. Edit: Never mind, I guess you can use NTFS on Linux. On another note, see this question. – saiarcot895 Mar 21 '15 at 2:55
  • @saiarcot895: sure you can. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Mar 21 '15 at 2:57
  • I doubt that Linux NTFS drivers notably affect the lifespan of hard disks. The main issues are compatibility, performance, and maybe bugs that may corrupt the file system. – David Foerster Mar 21 '15 at 3:02
  • @Takkat I think this question only partly qualifies as a duplicate. The main question regarding the safety of NTFS on Linux hasn't been posted on AU, yet, as far as I can see. You are right about the second part regarding alternatives to NTFS. 黄凯哲, how about modifying your question so that you take out the section about alternatives to NTFS. That would allow us to remove the duplicate status. – Glutanimate Mar 21 '15 at 15:43
  • @Glutanimate: e.g. askubuntu.com/questions/32292/is-ntfs-3g-safe-for-writing askubuntu.com/questions/164728/… of course ext4 is better... but there is little choice when it comes to sharing a drive with Windows. – Takkat Mar 21 '15 at 15:52

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