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Which File System should I use?

1276 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 11, 2008 4:36 AM by Fortuny RSS
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Which is the best file system to use on a drive, baring in mind the following requirements:

* Read AND write compatibility on both Mac & Windows systems.
* Individual file sizes will often exceed 4GB (ruling out the FAT file systems).
* The drive is connected via USB (160GB).

Any help appreciated
MacBook Pro 15-inch (Santa-Rosa), Mac OS X (10.5.5), 4GB RAM, Intel C2D 2.4GHz, 320GB 5400RPM HDD
  • Fortuny Level 7 Level 7 (21,415 points)
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    Dec 11, 2008 4:36 AM (in response to Shaun OFlaherty)
    Shaun OFlaherty wrote:
    Which is the best file system to use on a drive, baring in mind the following requirements:

    * Read AND write compatibility on both Mac & Windows systems.
    * Individual file sizes will often exceed 4GB (ruling out the FAT file systems).
    * The drive is connected via USB (160GB).

    Any help appreciated


    Read and write compatibility out of the box is only possible with FAT32.
    But your second request rules that one out.

    What I would do in this case is to use NTFS as file system (read+write in Windows) and use/buy Paragons NTFS for OSX http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/ for full access to NTFS from OSX.

    In my opinion it is a far more stable solution than using MacDrive in Windows for full access to OSX (HFS+) partitions.

    Hope it helps

    Stefan
    iMac 20" Core Duo 2GB X1600 256MB, Mac OS X (10.5), MacPro 2.66 4GB X1900XT

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