|Mar 27, 2008, 07:04 PM||#1|
Format type for my HDD
Everybody is telling me to go with a mac osx extended format for my external HDD. I was also told to stay away from FAT32 because they can only hold individual file sizes up to 4GB. However, I can't seem to format it using a mac osx extened format, I keep getting an error of sorts.
so... after all this,I did discover something. I opened up windows XP via VM ware fusion and format the external using computer management as an NTFS. After doing this, my mac can recognize the drive just fine. So basically my question is: Is there any disadvantage to using an NTFS format for my HDD? Is there any limit to the max file size or anything I should know about before I start storing my files on it? Thanks!!!
|Mar 27, 2008, 07:21 PM||#2|
The disadvantage is that you cannot write to it from the Mac side without buying a software package.
The reason you cannot initialize it as HFS+ is because you are not selecting the drive properly for initialization in Disk Utility.
1. Connect your drive and launch Disk Utility.
2. Click on the drive, and NOT the partition that is below it and indented. This brings up a new tab called Partition.
3. Click on Partition and from the pull-down menu choose 1 partition (or more). If you plan to boot from this drive you must select GUID partition table from the Options button. If you plan to boot from a PPC mac, you must choose the Apple table.
4. Select HFS+ with journaling enabled and initialize.
2012 Mac Mini; i5 Quad Core ITX Hackintosh with Blu-ray playback HTPC; 1 TB eSATA Apple TV; 3.8 gHz i7 Quad Core Hackintosh, 2GB HD5870; MacBook Pro i7; MacBook Air; iPhone 4s; 1st Mac=Centris 610
|Mar 27, 2008, 07:29 PM||#3|
HFS+ (Mac OS Extended) Limitations
the limitations of NTFS are nothing to get worried about but HFS+ is a better filesystem in terms of limitations
Mac OS X can only read NTFS but if you install "Mac FUSE + NTFS3g" (open source) or Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X (license) you can read/write to NTFS. but if you dont have to use NTFS i would strongly suggest you use HFS+ but this means you will have to reformat.
|Mar 27, 2008, 07:35 PM||#4|
Hey! Thanks richthomas! That's been stressing me out for a week, haha. I knew it had to be something simple like that. I owe you a beer! lol.
max file size 8000*10^6 bytes eh? I think I should suffice
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