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greatwall9528
Aug 13, 2013, 06:59 AM
I was told that only FAT32 and exFAT can be used for read and write in both Mac and Windows,I wonder if there is another format ,as I know ,the FAT32 is old and functional limited,the exFAT is better but it seems that this format may be much slower while transporting.
Have you faced this problem?Is there any solution?

PS:I've heard that this is a plugin called NTFS for Mac,it can let mac users write in the NTFS format,but you may face some problem for it is not stable,it may cause document lose.....:(



jdechko
Aug 13, 2013, 10:23 AM
Not sure what you mean when you say that ExFAT is slower when transporting.

I've never had any problems with it. Just use ExFAT.

mattferg
Aug 13, 2013, 10:36 AM
FAT32 > exFAT.

But I personally use NTFS with Fuse/NTFS 3G installed on my Air.

Weaselboy
Aug 13, 2013, 10:38 AM
Not sure what you mean when you say that ExFAT is slower when transporting.

I've never had any problems with it. Just use ExFAT.

I agree. OP> I don't see why ExFAT would not do the trick for you.

If for some reason you want to use NTFS, you can use something like Paragon NTFS (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/) on your Mac so it can read/write NTFS.

jdechko
Aug 13, 2013, 12:08 PM
FAT32 > exFAT.

Curious why you say that FAT32 is better than ExFAT (unless it's a typo). Unless your system is really old, ExFAT is superior to FAT32 in every way.

Personally, I'll stay away from NTFS when possible, not because it's a bad File System, but because I'd rather not have to rely on kernel-level extensions (which may or may not break on some OS update).

mattferg
Aug 13, 2013, 12:16 PM
Curious why you say that FAT32 is better than ExFAT (unless it's a typo). Unless your system is really old, ExFAT is superior to FAT32 in every way.

Personally, I'll stay away from NTFS when possible, not because it's a bad File System, but because I'd rather not have to rely on kernel-level extensions (which may or may not break on some OS update).

If you're not going to use a better file system like NTFS or hfs+, and want one that works on everything, choose FAT32. It's guaranteed to work on everything.

As for NTFS, my plugins work great :)

jdechko
Aug 13, 2013, 12:25 PM
If you're not going to use a better file system like NTFS or hfs+, and want one that works on everything, choose FAT32. It's guaranteed to work on everything.

As for NTFS, my plugins work great :)

Fair enough. In the end it all comes down to use cases. ExFAT works for me and I don't have to worry about file size limitations (now or in the mid-future), so I'll stick with that for my drives.

greatwall9528
Aug 13, 2013, 07:11 PM
Not sure what you mean when you say that ExFAT is slower when transporting.

I've never had any problems with it. Just use ExFAT.

That means when you copying or moving the document from one HD to another.Is there any exact vocabulary?

jdechko
Aug 14, 2013, 12:08 PM
That means when you copying or moving the document from one HD to another.Is there any exact vocabulary?

Usually, that's referred to as "transfer speeds".

The effect that the file system has on transfer speeds is going to be negligible at best. More significant factors (in approximate order of impact) are going to be things like connection type, speed of the destination disk and speed of the source disk.

GGJstudios
Aug 14, 2013, 12:32 PM
Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (http://macs.about.com/od/applications/ss/diskutilformat_4.htm) (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)
Choose the appropriate format:  HFS+ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HFS%2B) (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive) Read/Write HFS+ from native Mac OS X Required for Time Machine (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427) or Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com/) or SuperDuper! (http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDuper/SuperDuperDescription.html) backups of Mac OS X system files. To Read/Write HFS+ from Windows, Install MacDrive (http://www.mediafour.com/products/macdrive/) To Read HFS+ (but not Write) from Windows, Install HFSExplorer (http://www.catacombae.org/hfsx.html) Maximum file size: 8EiB Maximum volume size: 8EiB Mac OS X: Mac OS Extended format (HFS Plus) volume and file limits (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2422) You can use this format if you only use the drive with Mac OS X, or use it for backups of your Mac OS X internal drive, or if you only share it with one Windows PC (with MacDrive installed on the PC) NTFS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ntfs) (Windows NT File System) Read/Write NTFS from native Windows. Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives: For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/ntfs-mac/) (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion and later) For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/2010/10/ntfs-3g-for-mac-os-x-2010102.html) (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode) For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard (http://www.offthehill.org/articles/2010/12/31/macfuse-for-64-bit-snow-leopard/) Some have reported problems using Tuxera (http://www.tuxera.com/products/tuxera-ntfs-for-mac/) (approx $36). Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability. AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS Maximum file size: 16 TB Maximum volume size: 256TB You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems. exFAT (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exfat) (FAT64) Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later. Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exfat#Disadvantages). exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ExFAT) AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT Maximum file size: 16 EiB Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details. FAT32 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat32#FAT32) (File Allocation Table) Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X. Maximum file size: 4GB. Maximum volume size: 2TB You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.

beautifulcoder
Aug 14, 2013, 12:45 PM
FAT32. I also use the tar command to preserve permissions along with a .tarignore to avoid system files. 7z works well for untarring on Windozed.