I was reading the difference between block, file and object storage and I read somewhere that database require the underlying storage to be block storage. Is this true? Can I not install a database on a system that has file storage?

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    Where did you read this? Commented May 9, 2014 at 13:47
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    Well, in the end regular file system is also using blocks to store the data - because that's the way how the harddisk is physically structured.
    – user1822
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 13:49

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No, it's not true. Many DBMSes today (eg Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL) use file storage by default, although some (eg Oracle) can also use block storage.


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