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Old Nov 22, 2011, 11:29 AM   #1
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What format for 2nd HDD? mac/windows

hey, I'm putting a crucial m4 as my main boot drive where the original HDD is. I'm going to be stalling both mac and windows bootcamp on there.

now my question is, what format do i put the 2nd 500gb in the optical drive in so both mac and windows can read and write to it no problem? and in windows case, install games on there that i don't need to load up quickly? i know i can obviously do fat 32, but i have a lot of files larger than 4gb.

would i have to partition it? if so, what format for each partition


thanks in advance
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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Reformat your second drive into exFAT, if you're planning to use windows 7. Both osx and 7 can read and write without a problem.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 11:57 AM   #3
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FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
  • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
  • Maximum file size: 4GB.
  • Maximum volume size: 2TB
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 (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
    • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
    • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
    • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (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
HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended)exFAT (FAT64)
  • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
  • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
  • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
  • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
  • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
  • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 12:12 PM   #4
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i did some reading on exfat and some are suggesting not to use exfat. is it safe to use? why wouldn't i want to use exfat?
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 12:13 PM   #5
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i did some reading on exfat and some are suggesting not to use exfat. is it safe to use? why wouldn't i want to use exfat?
Read the disadvantages in the exFAT info I posted. Other than those, no drawbacks.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 12:34 PM   #6
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Read the disadvantages in the exFAT info I posted. Other than those, no drawbacks.
Which one will you recommend just for media storage!
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 12:46 PM   #7
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Which one will you recommend just for media storage!
It depends on how many and which computers and OS versions need to read and/or write to the drive. Generally speaking, if you're sharing between Macs and PCs, NTFS or exFAT are your best choices.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 01:03 PM   #8
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It depends on how many and which computers and OS versions need to read and/or write to the drive. Generally speaking, if you're sharing between Macs and PCs, NTFS or exFAT are your best choices.
Right now I have 750gb HDD. I will optibay the HDD and put SSD in my main bay. I will install Lion on SSD and just want to use my HDD for pictures, movies, music storage in the SSD. Can I format it HFS+ for storage?
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Right now I have 750gb HDD. I will optibay the HDD and put SSD in my main bay. I will install Lion on SSD and just want to use my HDD for pictures, movies, music storage in the SSD.
You can use HFS+ and install MacDrive on the Windows side. Or use NTFS and install Paragon on the Mac side. Or use exFAT. All those choices are detailed in my first post.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 04:06 PM   #10
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I guess ppl want to know what is best
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 04:21 PM   #11
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i did some reading on exfat and some are suggesting not to use exfat. is it safe to use? why wouldn't i want to use exfat?
For backups and Media like movies and music I would use exFat. If there are small problems occur they are easily fixed.
For a fileserver or a NAS drive I would probably use something else. Also I wouldn't use exFAT if you got working data like project files on the drive that you actually work on not just archive there.
If your data fits the former category use exFAT it is the most trouble free solution in my experience.
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