So i have a mix of filesystems on my farm - NTFS, Btrfs, ext4
Given that chia is hardly a challenge in terms of performance (farming, not plotting), and space usage is high on the list, which is the “best” filesystem for the destination.
Out of the box, ext4 has about 5% extra provisioning - which can be lowered to 0% - Btrfs uses more than ext4 at 0% - but NTFS uses a lot less than ext4 or Btfs - in fact so much that my 2x3TB disk will fit an additional plot if i raid 2 together as each has 58GB spare with 27 plots)
Does anyone have any other recommendations before i pair up my drives, copy the contents out, software raid and format in NTFS before copying back in so i can hold 55 plots per drive pair
Is there any particular problem with plotting to NTFS over software RAID in Linux ? I will at least get better file transfer in the last plotting phase. In fact i always handle my drives in 4’s so a raid of 4 will be even faster - SAS 160MB/s so 700MB/sec - better than SSD as it is sustainable
I understand that RAID 0 will threaten the whole set of disks should 1 fail - which is why i havent done it already - i generally use mergerfs to spread the plots over groups of disks but it will not split plots over a number of disks